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US government not as prolific an executioner as states; federal execution set for Monday

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration wants to restart federal executions this month, 17 years after the last one.

Executions carried out by federal authorities have stopped, restarted and stopped again for long stretches since the first one in 1790, when U.S. marshals hanged a mariner in Maine for fatally shooting the captain of a slave ship.

The federal government has never been a prolific executioner, putting to death just a few hundred people since the 1700s.

States, meanwhile, have executed more than 15,000 people.

The vast majority of executions in recent decades have been by lethal injection. That's the only method authorized for federal executions.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the first federal execution in nearly two decades can proceed as scheduled on Monday in Indiana of 47-year-old Oklahoma man Daniel Lewis Lee surrounding a 1996 killing of three people.

Associated Press

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