Supreme Court gives green light to Justice Department for resuming federal executions

Supreme Court gives green light to Justice Department for resuming federal executions
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[Ed. – Eye for an eye?]

The Supreme Court on Mondayturned away a challenge to the Trump administration’s efforts to resume federal executions, paving the way for the Justice Department to end its effective freeze on capital punishment next month.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would take up the appeal from four death-row inmates.

The Justice Department announced nearly a year ago that it would restart federal executions in death penalty cases after a 16-year lapse, as the Bureau of Prisons had adopted a new execution protocol. The department then scheduled executions starting in December for five death-row inmates who were convicted of murdering children.

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But the Trump administration’s attempts to resume capital punishment became the subject of court challenges, as four inmates sought to block the use of the new protocol in their executions.

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