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U.S. attorney general imposes moratorium on federal executions

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By Sarah N. Lynch and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday imposed a moratorium on federal executions while the Justice Department continues its review of the death penalty, the department said in a statement. “The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, but is also treated fairly and humanely,” Garland said in the statement. “That obligation has special force in capital cases.” Garland’s predecessor, William …

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