Brandon Bernard was born at 21Declared dead at 27 o’clock last night He was killed as planned, despite a national outcry, to save his life That made him the ninth person to be executed by the Trump administration since July. Previously, the federal government hadn’t killed a person on death row in 17 years, but Donald Trump has advanced in an unprecedented, terrible rampage: he has four more executions planned before Joe Biden takes office. Bernard was 40 years old

Bernard was 18 when convicted in 1999 of the murder of Stacie and Todd Bagley, two youth ministers in Killeen, Texas. He was one of a group of five young men who jacked up the Bagleys and drove them around in the trunk, before shooting the couple in the head and burning the car. The man who shot them, Christopher Vialva, was executed in September. Bernard lit the fire. His lawyers argued that the prosecution withheld evidence that diminished his role in the crime; he is not a leader, it is said, and he started the fire in fear for his life. Five of the convicting jury said they would not have sent Bernard to death if they had known

Bernard was barely a legal adult at the time of his crime.The federal government has not executed anyone in 70 years who has committed a crime when he was so young.In his sentenced life in prison, Bernard lived an exemplary reform life among them He became a friend of other men in circumstances. He was one of the “go-to people for help here,” one of them said. In his pardon, Bernard’s lawyers said he had participated in religious activities and advocated for young people. Even the prosecutor in his case supported a conversion His sentence due to his “remarkable” record. Nonetheless, the United States Supreme Court was unmoved

People on death row are incarcerated in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, in what is known as a “special detention facility.” They are held alone in cells for 23 hours a day. Bernard was incarcerated in his cell 23 hours a day for 17 years. Visits with his two Daughters, his mother, brother and sister took place through a pane of glass It was reported that he listened to classical music and started crocheting. He made sweater patterns and shared them with others in a crochet group; His cell was filled with thread

In the final days of Bernard’s life, high-profile attorneys close to the Trump administration, Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, joined his defense team on celebrities and hundreds of thousands of ordinary people protested his case online and asked the Supreme Court to be executed suspend; Bernard’s supporters inundated Donald Trump with appeals to intervene None of this mattered Thursday night the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to proceed with the execution Trump’s White House made no statement on Bernard at 9:07 p.m. Prison officials began the process, to kill him

A local reporter described Bernard lying on a green stretcher in the middle of the “media room,” where executions are taking place behind glass. Kim Kardashian, who campaigned for and was in contact with Bernard’s release, tweeted that Bernard was in her had said in their last conversations that he was claustrophobic and that he feared he would have to take a sedative before he died. “He just didn’t want to panic,” she wrote Bernard’s voice, according to witnesses, was calm and clear as he heard the family of the Bagleys present from the stretcher spoke up and lifted his head “I’m sorry I can only say how I feel now and how I felt that day,” he said Bernard’s own family was not allowed to watch him die at 9:11 am The Fatal Injection Process Sometime afterwards, Bernard asked if it had already started.At 9:15 a.m. his body started to shake and his mouth opened wide.At 9:27 a.m. he was pronounced dead that’s 12 Minutes later

The intricate chain of appeals and filings that have led to this moment – the overwhelming tide of grief and anger, the curse word and objections of a country, thousands of desperate, unheard pleas – rub against the brutal simplicity of the act even the government killed him; they didn’t have to kill him How can it be? How can the state be so cruel and deeply pointless? In one of his last letters to journalist Lilliana Segura, Bernard wrote: “It just feels like you’re fighting an opponent who doesn’t have to obey any of the rules” It doesn’t make sense Just law

The Bagleys released a statement saying they forgave Bernard after hearing him say he was sorry, strapped onto the green stretcher and hoped that after he accepted Christ, he would Heaven would find you thanked Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr for the closure they received. The next execution is scheduled for today

Brandon Bernard was claustrophobic, locked alone in a room 23 hours a day for 17 years with just a piece of sky, and in the end he made a sweater. He hadn’t gotten mad or mean; He hadn’t been pushed out of his mind and shouldn’t have been killed. Bernard seems to have been an extraordinary person; After his death, his lawyers hoped that even in death he could help us move closer to a future in which our country would not kill its own citizens “senselessly and maliciously”

I am impressed with the ordinary crochet peace.Maybe he found rhythm in the repetitive movement of his hands, like meditation.At the end you get a sweater.The human soul and body are so remarkable that Bernard even under torture, isolated so strictly, that he should cut the heart off of love, like oxygen from the brain, got a hobby

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