Professor Vars Weighs in on the Federal Government’s Plans to Execute Lezmond Mitchell

Professor Fred Vars writes a letter to the editor of the Arizona Republic that argues the federal government should not execute Lezmond Mitchell on Aug. 26. Mitchell is a member of the Navajo Nation, which opposes the death penalty and has called on President Trump to commute his sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. This is the first time the federal government is seeking capital punishment over tribal objection for a crime committed on tribal land.