Bill Barr has evidently decided that his time at DoJ is nearing an end. First, on Jonathan Pollard:
Jonathan Pollard, a former Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s in one of the most controversial espionage cases in modern U.S. history, had his parole ended Friday, freeing him to move to Israel.
Pollard, who spent 30 years in prison before being released in 2015, became a cause celebre for Israel, which granted him citizenship in 1995. His case was a source of friction between the two allies for decades.
This is a big fuck you to the Intelligence Community, where a lot of folks still very firmly believe that Pollard was responsible for the execution of dozens of assets in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. And of course, what’s a “Going Out of Business” sale without a few dead bodies?
Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons Friday to set execution dates for three more death row inmates before President-elect Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20.
Eight federal inmates have been executed in 2020 and two others were already scheduled to be put to death before President Trump leaves office.
When Barr announced the resumption of the death penalty last summer, Biden responded by saying it is time to get rid of capital punishment.
Am I wrong in thinking that Biden will be the first sitting President to categorically oppose the death penalty? Obama hedged, as is his wont, and Carter came out against it after his Presidency…
Hat tip on both to MD.