Republicans are taking the death sentence as a weapon.
And now they’re using it for political ends.
On Monday, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) told CNN that the Trump administration had “declared war” on the death row.
Murphy is among a growing number of lawmakers who are pushing for changes to the death penalties.
“We don’t have to do this anymore,” Murphy said.
The American Civil Liberties Union is currently suing the Department of Justice over the proposed changes.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Pennsylvania, the first such lawsuit in the country.
Murphy’s office has said he’s committed to reviewing the proposed legislation to ensure that the federal government will follow state laws and that the legislature will not be used to advance an anti-death penalty agenda.
Murphy said in the interview that he is working to ensure a “fair, just” system.
But he also acknowledged that the proposal to change the death sentencing process to allow appeals and that his proposal would allow “vague” sentences could result in a “very harsh outcome.”
“The courts have made clear that it’s an unjust punishment,” Murphy told CNN.
“So it’s really about the fact that they’re trying to apply this to innocent people, it’s not about punishing the wrong person.”
He said the legislation, if passed, could potentially result in people serving life sentences in prison.
The death penalty is the country’s second-most-used method of execution, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, with roughly 3,200 people serving time for the crime from 2008 to 2017.
But the current U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the death sentences of George Floyd and Ricky Lee were seen by some as a significant step toward eliminating the death-penalty system.
The Court ruled that the death of Floyd and Lee “was not a constitutionally permissible punishment.”
But a recent ruling by the U.N. panel of judges that ruled that state courts have no legal obligation to sentence death row inmates to life in prison was met with criticism from some lawmakers.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, S.C.), who is not on the Supreme Court, said Monday that the Supreme