Published on: Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Justice Department has scheduled three more federal executions during the lame-duck period before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, including two executions just days before his inauguration (article available here).

The announcement comes a day after the federal Bureau of Prisons carried out the eighth federal execution this year after a 17-year hiatus. Three of the other seven were carried out in July, two in August and two in September.

In a court filing Friday night, the Justice Department said it was scheduling the executions of Alfred Bourgeois for December 11, Cory Johnson execution for January 15, and Dustin Higgs for January 15.  

Two other executions had already been scheduled for this year, including the first woman scheduled to be executed by the federal government in about six decades. Those inmates are Brandon Bernard and Lisa Marie Montgomery. A federal court has delayed Lisa Montgomery's execution after two of her attorneys became “virtually bed-ridden” with Covid-19 while visiting her in prison. Previous coverage available here.