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.

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