US Supreme Court Allowed The First Federal Death Penalty In 17 Years
The US Supreme court has ruled that US authorities can carry out the first death sentence in 17 years for a criminal convicted at the Federal level, according to the NYT.
The decision was made by five votes in favor, four judges spoke against. The decision of the judicial authority States that "the execution of death sentences can continue as planned." Thus, the Supreme court overturned the ruling of the district court of the capital district of Columbia, prohibiting the execution of the death penalty at the Federal level.
The decision was made on the day when the first of the four executions, which were ordered on June 15 by us attorney General William Barr, should take place. Two more sentences are due to be carried out later this week.
According to the Washington Post, the last time US Federal authorities carried out the death penalty was in 2003. Since then, there has been a kind of unofficial moratorium since the rules for the use of lethal injections were not agreed upon. Meanwhile, exceptional punishment in the country has continued to be applied in recent years at the level of state authorities.