Trump Administration Executes 13th Person, Dustin Higgs, Days Away from Inauguration

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The Justice Department executed 48-year-old Dustin Higgs at the Terre Haute federal penitentiary in Indiana on Friday night, marking the 13th execution the Trump Administration has pushed through while in office.

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Higgs was convicted and put on death row in 2000 for kidnapping and ordering the killing of three women, but maintained his innocence to his dying moment reports CNN.

From CNN:

The tone of his voice was calm but defiant as he said his last words, “I’d like to say I am an innocent man,” he said, mentioning the three women by name. “I did not order the murders,” the report said.

Higgs’ victims were Tamika Black, 19; Tanji Jackson, 21; and Mishann Chinn, 23.

Higgs’ execution went forward despite his attorney, Shawn Nolan’s appeal to delay the proceeding because of Higgs’ Covid-19 diagnosis. Nolan also argued that Higgs was unfairly sentenced, since the actual gunman is serving a life sentence.

Higgs’ execution was initially scheduled for the 92nd birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Higgs and two other men—Victor Gloria and William Haynes—Black, Jackson, and Chinn to a secluded wildlife refuge in 1996, where Gloria testified that Higgs ordered Haynes to shoot them.

Higgs is the final person put to death by the federal government under President Trump, who has less than a week left in office and has overseen more executions than any other president in over 120 years according to AP. 

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor wrote a dissent against Higgs’ execution on Friday, in which she listed the names of everyone put to death by Trump’s Justice Department despite many final legal appeals to stay their executions.

“The Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six decades,” Sotomayor pointed out.

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Among them are Brandon Bernard, who was executed by lethal injection in December after spending over 20 years on death row for the killing of two youth ministers in Fort Hood, Texas, and Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in almost 70 years.

“The Court has allowed the United States to execute thirteen people in six months under a statutory scheme and regulatory protocol that have received inadequate scrutiny, without resolving the serious claims the condemned individuals raised,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. “Those whom the Government executed during this endeavor deserved more from this Court.’

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President-elect Joe Biden, who takes over the Oval Office on Wednesday, has pledged to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level. Congressional Democrats have already signaled their plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the federal death penalty, noting that it “is disproportionately imposed on Black and brown and low-income people in America.”

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What bugs me is tRump has been/is acting exactly like the sociopath he is with every step he’s taken and every move he’s made! From calling for the execution of the Central Park 5 to the separation of children from their parents to the cavalier attitude when Puerto Rico was hit by natural disaster to the emergence of the lethality of Covid-19 - he not only doesn’t care about other humans, he ENJOYS inflicting pain! Of course he’d enjoy executing more people than anyone!

Now, after the insurrection, juuuuuuusssttt before his folllowers started turning on him, a few in the media are starting to come forward with articles about The Goldwater Rule. Media and Psychiatrists colluded in agreeing not to discuss or speculate in the mental health of world leaders.

Until this crazy ass muthafukka has whipped his stupid and gullible masses into following his crazy ass, insane, evil dogwhistles, coded messages and instructions to the detriment and DEATH of more civilians than soldiers who have died in wars!

The major psychiatrist and psychology professional orgs (American Psychiatric Association) BEEN KNEW tRump fit all the diagnostic criteria for sociopathy/psychopathy (whichever, pedants!) and should have been screaming from the rafters as he was holding election rallies: This Man Is A Narcissistic Psycho - Do Not Follow! Then the media should have been calling out his craziness for what it clearly was FROM JUMP! Every interview question should have been designed to highlight how deranged he is. Twitter should never have allowed the rantings of a madman. Then maybe, just maybe he wouldn’t have won and wouldn’t have inflicted so much death and destruction and wouldn’t have quite the numbers of amped up, rabid fans thinking they’ve reached critical mass and don’t need him anymore to accomplish their goals!

But all these institutions abided by, let’s face it, WHITE COURTESY under the guise of fairness and political correctness. Yes, I am fiercely Pro-PC but fuck that in this case! Call a crazy son of a bitch what he is BEFORE he kills 400,000 people, damages scores of kids for life and blithely retires as the country is left in flames! Hurt feelings can heal later.