In the final days of his presidency -- amid calls for his resignation -- President Trump intends to carry out three federal executions. On Friday he plans to kill Dustin Higgs, who in recent weeks has been corresponding with me from death row…
The power to take the life of one of its citizens is the most significant power granted to government.

Donald Trump has undertaken a historic wave of executions during the last six months - including largely unprecedented lame duck executions…
Prior to the Trump Administration, there had not been a single federal execution since 2003.

In last 100 or so years, there had been 37 total federal executions.

The Trump Administration has carried out 10 killings in just 6 months (and wants 3 more)…
Later today the federal government hopes to kill Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, who suffers brain damage and severe mental illness. A judge ordered a competency hearing, but Trump's Admin still hopes to kill her today…
On Thursday, the Trump Admin plans to kill Corey Johnson, who lawyers argue should be ineligible for death because he is intellectually disabled…
And then on Friday, just 5 days before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration plans to kill Dustin Higgs -- who I've gotten to know a bit during these last few weeks…

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6 Jan
I've said before that it's a mistake for media to constantly use "unarmed" as a shorthand to signal to readers "this shooting was potentially bad" -- it erases cases like Philando Castile (victim being "armed" does not mean a shooting was justified) and leads to errors like these
A victim should not need to be "unarmed" in order for their death to merit journalistic and societal scrutiny. When the government kills someone, there should be scrutiny
Same for non-fatal shootings like Jacob Blake. The government has deployed fatal force against one of its citizens. In a country where firearms are legal, and video often shows police not telling the full truth, "armed/unarmed" often a less than useful distinction
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2 Dec 20
A lot of the analysis of whether or not "defund the police" messaging was effective seems to overlook any discussion of the number of municipalities that have diverted $ from police budgets in response to activist. Seems a crucial component of "effectiveness"
Anyway, got into the core and ideology of the demand in my piece from Minneapolis on George Floyd…
Believe it or not, the goal of most activism on the left...isn't to win House seats for Nancy Pelosi
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30 Nov 20
Last year Samuel Little was declared America's deadliest serial killer: 93 murders over 4 decades.

It immediately struck me as a massive failure of law enforcement. Today we launch INDIFFERENT JUSTICE, chronicling the failures that empowered his impunity…
For this series, @markberman @KnowlesHannah and I collected thousands of pages of police and court records, diving deep into dozens of murders (and hundreds of arrests) -- many of which had never before seen much outside scrutiny…
What emerged was a portrait of a fragmented and indifferent criminal justice system that allowed a man to murder without fear of retribution by deliberately targeting those on the margins of society — drug users, sex workers and runaways…
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