Sessions Issues Memo On Use Of Death Penalty In Drug-Related Cases


Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a memo to U.S. attorneys about seeking the death penalty for some drug traffickers, which was part of President Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic released earlier this week.

The memo points to statutes where the death penalty can be used, including certain racketeering activities, the use of a gun that resulted in a death during a drug trafficking crime, murder in advancing a criminal enterprise and dealing in “extremely large” quantities of drugs.

The death penalty has never been sought before for those dealing large quantities of drugs, according to a Justice Department official.


Read more at The Hill.



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