The US Supreme Court refused to reconsider the decision of the appellate court, which previously overturned the lower court’s ruling to suspend the execution of death sentences at the federal level, follows from documents posted on Monday on the Supreme Court website.
In July 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that U.S. federal authorities would resume the death penalty as an exceptional punishment after a 20-year hiatus. At the same time, US Attorney General William Barr ordered a death penalty for five prisoners who have committed particularly serious crimes – murder, torture and rape, including children and the elderly.
The prisoners challenged this decision in court. The District Court upheld them, but the District of Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the decision. Three executions are due in July this year.