US executes first federal prisoner in 17 years

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BBC News reports “US murderer Daniel Lewis Lee has been put to death, hours after the Supreme Court allowed the first executions of federal inmates in 17 years.”

“Several executions were initially delayed when a judge ruled on Monday that there were still unresolved legal challenges.”
The condemned prisoners had argued that lethal injections constitute “cruel and unusual punishments”.
But the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that “executions may proceed as planned”.
Last year, the Trump administration said it would resume federal executions.
“Some of the relatives of Lee’s victims opposed his execution in Indiana and had sought to have it delayed, arguing that attending it could expose them to coronavirus.”

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