The case of Brandon Bernard is by no means a clear and direct involvement with murder, being a teenager and low ranking member in a gang at the time; Bernard was tasked with the task of hiding the murder weapon. Although this makes him complicit it does seem a miscarriage of justice that he was given the same sentence as the murderer, while others who were more involved were given lesser sentences. Indeed this case has even caused one of the original prosecuting judges to fights his corner; it is now known that the human brain is not fully developed until around 25, and such a harsh sentence would be unlikely to be passed in a similar case in the present day. Furthermore the last few federal executions that have been pushed through by Trump have turned out to be COVID “super spreader” events, with 8 executioners catching the virus at the previous execution.
There is really no reason other than Trump's personal callousness to continue with this execution at this time, this should be anathema to his strong base of Christian supporters, as "though shalt not kill" is a central tenet of the Christian faith. This case gained notoriety being championed by criminal justice reform advocates, such as Kim Kardashian - who has stated that Bernard “has now been on death row for 20+ years with zero disciplinary write ups. He uses his time to reach out to at-risk youth, advising them to not stray from the Lord's path (or not follow in his teenage footsteps)” . Bernard is clearly not the unapologetic cold-blooded murderer that the death penalty should be reserved for, it was wrong to execute him.