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After 16 years, the federal government has resumed executing death-row inmates. Attorney General William Barr issued a statement saying he has authorized five executions for December 2019 and January 2020. The inmates involved were convicted in federal courts of murder or rape of children and the elderly. The last federally ordered execution was in 2003 with the death of Louis Jones Jr., the murderer of 19-year-old Tracie McBride. The gap since has been an informal moratorium that did not affect any state-directed executions.