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US executes Brandon Bernard, first of five on death row before Donald Trump leaves office

The Trump administration on Thursday carried out its ninth federal execution of the year and the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years, putting to death a Texas street-gang member for his role in the slayings of a religious couple from Iowa more than two decades ago.Four more federal executions, including one Friday, are planned in the weeks before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.The case of Brandon Bernard, who received a lethal injection of phenobarbital inside a…

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