Overseas Network, December 18 According to American media reports, before the new president of the United States took office on January 20, 2021, some of the last federal prisoners to be executed were infected with the novel coronavirus. It is reported that the execution date of the prisoner may be postponed.
According to the THEL Hill and the Associated Press on the 17th, the prisoner named Dustin John Higgs was convicted of kidnapping and murdering three women. His lawyer said that he learned that Higgs was diagnosed on the 17th.
U.S. media pointed out that Higgs’s infection with the novel coronavirus may lead to the postponement of the execution originally scheduled for January 15, 2021, because his lawyer fears that his condition may worsen. The Associated Press noted that Higgs’ diagnosis meant he could be banned from family visits for weeks before his scheduled death.
Nolan, Higgs’ lawyer, said: “Now our client is sick. We have asked the federal government to reverse the execution date. If there is no result, we will ask the court to intervene.
It is reported that if the execution of the death penalty is delayed, Biden can freeze the federal execution immediately to impose a moratorium on executions when he takes office. Biden had earlier said he wanted to abolish the federal death penalty after he was sworn in as president.