SCOTUS: Federal Death Penalty Executions Permitted
The Supreme Court ("SCOTUS") said Tuesday morning that the Justice Department ("DOJ") can resume federal executions this week, overturning a D.C. judge’s last-minute order that had temporarily halted the lethal injections.
In an unsigned, 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court found that the prisoners on death row had “not made the showing required to justify last-minute intervention.” Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor each wrote dissents, which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan joined.
The DOJ's first federal execution was set to occur just shortly after the permissions were granted from SCOTUS. Several more executions are slotted for the near future.
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