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"Over the last few centuries really your chances of being executed in the United States has become lower and lower governor governor newsome's executive order will put in place a moratorium on the death penalty here in California California. It will be called a repre- just in the last several years we've seen more and more states stop issuing death sentences altogether but yesterday the Attorney General William Bar announced the federal government will resume executing inmates on death row he even announced. Announced the first five names that will be killed. I want to turn to an expert on this professor. Austin Sarah Teaches jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College and professor. I feel like I hear about the death penalty. I think about you know California. I think Texas I think states hates how significant is this at a federal level in terms of the number of people on the federal death row <hes> to not all that significant third sixty two people on the federal death row at President and they're almost three thousand on death rose across the country so just looked at the numbers. We'd say it's not all that significant obviously what the federal government does sets an example a model across the country and so the resumption of the federal death penalty has what I would describe as symbolic significance evidence. I don't even remember the last time the U._S.. Government executed someone I looked at up turns out. It was sixteen years ago so so do we know what what the rationale of someone like. William Bar or the trump administration would be here well. We can take bar at his word. He said that the resumption of the federal death penalty is evidence of the trump administration's commitment to the rule of law. We can also pay attention to what I would say is the political residents of the resumption of the Federal Death Penalty. We believe that criminals who murder police offices should immediately with trial get the death penalty but quickly with the president's long-held embrace embrace of the death penalty of course I hate these people and let's all hate these people because maybe hate is what we need. If we're going to get something the defendant spent between six and thirteen years behind bars but DNA evidence exonerated the five convicted convicted man on when he was in the state of New York at the time of the Central Park jogger trial president trump who appetite was a real estate developer and one of the most vocal proponents for capital punishment called that two thousand fourteen element a disgrace sourcing really hear what's going on is more about the politics and satisfying the perceived interests of his base than it is about the commitment to the rule of law. Where are we going coming in as far as a nation as far as the death penalty does it just depend on what party is in charge? Does it depend on kind of public perception of the thing. Why is there a larger trend? I think there is I think that the United States is in the midst of what I would call a national reconsideration in of capital punishment.."