- - Sunday, July 28, 2019

Attorney General William Barr’s recent directive to reinstate the federal death penalty process is not only warranted but also politically astute in light of Joe Biden’s recent announcement that he now opposes the federal death penalty (“Yes, a close moral call — but Trump’s right to restore death penalty,” Web, July 25).

A general-election debate-question response from President Trump on the topic should go something like this: “Soft-on-crime ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden here opposes the federal death penalty for terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, the Boston Marathon bomber, or anyone who kills an FBI agent, a federal judge, or congressman. I and my attorney general will continue to seek the death penalty for such killers.”

It brings to mind the death-penalty question asked in 1988 of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Mr. Dukakis’ response lost him the bid.

PAUL KAMENAR

Chevy Chase, Md.



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