Attorney General Seeks Death Penalty Against Manhattan Killer

Man killed eight people with a truck in 2017.

The Department of Justice filed a letter to the Manhattan federal court last week, confirming that Attorney General Merrick Garland “decided to continue to seek the death penalty” against Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov used a truck to kill eight people on a bike path in Manhattan on Halloween in 2017 and was indicted for 28 violations of the law, including murder and providing material support to the terrorist organization Islamic State.

In 2020, previous Attorney General William Barr lifted the 17-year hiatus on the death penalty. The Justice Department is continuing to review its use under AG Garland. The current attorney general issued a moratorium on federal executions in July 2021, and none have taken place since then.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the attorney general as he pursues justice in the murder case.
  • For federal, state, and local law enforcement as they seek to protect and ensure public safety.
  • For Justice Department officials as they prepare and argue federal cases.

Sources: AP, Reuters


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