• Richard Easson

For First Time Since 2003, Supreme Court Allows Federal Death Penalties to Continue

One year after a district judge blocked the executions of five federal death-row inmates, the Supreme Court today decided that it will not hear an appeals case from the inmates that challenged the Trump administration from restarting the executions.

After the SCOTUS's decision, Attorney General William Barr pressed on with scheduling four executions for federal death-row inmates, all of whom were involved in the killing of children. The first inmate to be executed is Daniel Lee, planned for July 13th. Lee, a white supremacist who killed a family of three in Arkansas, would become the first federal death-row inmate executed since 2003.

As of this time last year, the Death Penalty Information Center noted that there were 62 federal death-row inmates. One of those on death-row include white supremacist, Dylan Roof, who was responsible for the murder of nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. A unanimous jury sentenced him to death on January 10, 2017.

In a statement released by AG Barr on the DOJ's website earlier this month, he said "The four murderers whose executions are scheduled today have received full and fair proceedings under our Constitution and laws. We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”