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U.S. Gov’t Continues Execution Spree with Alfred Bourgeois, Despite His Intellectual Disability

HeadlineDec 14, 2020

Back in the U.S., the federal government has executed another man. Fifty-six-year-old Alfred Bourgeois, a Louisiana truck driver, was put to death by lethal injection Friday, one day after the execution of another Black man, Brandon Bernard. Bourgeois had an intellectual disability, which should have prohibited his execution. But an application to the Supreme Court for a stay was denied earlier Friday. He was sentenced over the 2004 abuse and murder of his 2-year-old daughter. Bourgeois is the 10th federal death row inmate to be executed since Trump revived the practice in July. There are three more executions planned for January before Trump leaves office.

In related news, the American Institute of Architects said it is instituting new ethics rules that will bar members from designing spaces for executions or torture, including long-term solitary confinement.

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