SCOTUS Rules First Fed Execution In 17 Years Can Proceed
SUPREME COURT RULES FEDERAL EXECUTION CAN PROCEED FOR DANIEL LEWIS LEE
Little Rock, AR (KARK) – The first federal execution in 17 years is over.
Convicted killer Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death on Tuesday.
A federal judge temporarily blocked the execution of Lee, and three others, citing ongoing challenges to the federal lethal injection protocol.
But the Supreme Court reversed that decision in a five-four ruling, saying the death row inmates didn’t show they would likely succeed in their challenge.
The majority also said the one drug protocol proposed by the government has become a “‘mainstay of state executions.”
The court’s liberal wing objected to what it called accelerated decision making and said the constitutionality of the death penalty needs to be re-examined.
Attorney General William Barr reinstated the federal death penalty in 2019.