Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland struggled Monday with questions concerning the demise penalty throughout his affirmation listening to within the Senate.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) questioned Garland concerning the demise penalty, noting Biden’s publicly acknowledged help for a demise penalty moratorium.
Cotton famous that Garland labored on the case towards home terrorist and white supremacist Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a authorities constructing in Oklahoma City and requested if he believed it was a mistake to stage the demise penalty.
Garland confirmed he supported the demise penalty at the moment.
“I don’t have any regret but I have developed concerns about the death penalty in the twenty-some years since then,” he stated.
Garland expressed his concern concerning the racial disparities in demise penalty circumstances.
Cotton continued his line of questioning, elevating the high-profile prosecution of Dylann Roof for the bloodbath of 9 black Americans at a Charleston church.
“Do you believe that it was a mistake to seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof for murdering nine African-Americans as they worshiped in church?” Cotton requested.
Garland stated he wouldn’t talk about a pending case.
Roof was sentenced to demise in January 2017 and awaits execution.
When Cotton requested Garland if he would ever search the demise penalty if confirmed as Attorney General, he replied, “I think it does depend on what policy is adopted going forward.”
Biden campaigned for president on ending the demise penalty, which, if totally realized, might imply that Roof is probably not executed.
Over three dozen Democrat lawmakers wrote to Biden shortly after he was inaugurated asking him to commute the demise sentences for criminals on demise row.
“Commuting the death sentences of those on death row and ensuring that each person is provided with an adequate and unique re-sentencing process is a crucial first step in remedying this grave injustice,” the letter learn.