Brandon Bernard: First execution of Trump’s final days goes ahead

Brandon Bernard: First execution of Trump’s final days goes ahead

The federal execution of a death row inmate went ahead on Thursday, the first of five before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Kim Kardashian West was among those urging clemency for Brandon Bernard.

Bernard, 40, was convicted of murder when aged 18 and is the youngest offender to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years.

If all five take place, Mr Trump will have overseen the most executions by a US president in more than a century.

It would bring to 13 the total of federal executions since July.

The executions break with an 130-year-old precedent of pausing executions amid a presidential transition. Joe Biden becomes president on 20 January.

Bernard directed his last words to the family of the couple he killed, according to the Associated Press news agency. “I’m sorry,” he said. “That’s the only words that I can say that completely capture how I feel now and how I felt that day.”

Courtesy: BBC News

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