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Capital punishment resumes

Human Race | Supreme Court allows first execution by the federal government in 17 years
by The Editors
Posted 7/16/20, 04:45 pm

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Supreme Court clears the way for second federal execution

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/16/20, 06:32 am

The high court early Thursday morning ruled 5-4 to proceed with the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey, 68, overturning a federal judge’s ruling that her court needed to evaluate a claim that Purkey is mentally unfit. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Wednesday blocked Purkey’s execution scheduled for Wednesday night at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Purkey was convicted in 2003 of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl and killing an 80-year-old woman.

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Supreme Court clears the way for federal executions

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/14/20, 03:48 am

Early on Tuesday morning, the high court voted 5-4 to move ahead with the first execution carried out by the U.S. government since 2003. Federal authorities planned to execute convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee by lethal injection on Monday afternoon at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. But earlier in the day, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a court order to stop it.

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