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Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 December 06, 2019 5:31 PM December 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is preventing the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The court on Friday denied the administration's plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been scheduled for Monday, with a second set for Friday. Two more inmates had been given execution dates in January. Attorney General William Barr announced during the summer that federal executions would resume using a single drug, pentobarbital, to put inmates to death.

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