The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the first execution of a federal prisoner in 17 years, which had been previously cancelled, should be carried out according to schedule. This was announced by Associated Press on July 12.
Thus, convicted in the state of Indiana for the murder of a family of three Daniel Lewis Lee should be given a lethal injection already on Monday, July 13.
Earlier, on July 10, a U.S. federal judge suspended the resumption of the death penalty because of appeals to the court by relatives of the victims, who, planning to attend the execution of the sentence, were afraid of contracting the coronavirus.
The Department of Justice then claimed that the judge had misinterpreted the law and went to the Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling. As a result, the Court ruled that the victims’ family’s claim “has no contested legal basis and is therefore unfounded”.
In addition, the agency was assured that all security measures had been taken in the prison due to the pandemic. It is noted, however, that the day before the officer involved in the preparation of the execution had received a positive coronavirus test.
In June, U.S. Attorney General William Barr instructed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule four federal prisoners convicted of killing children, two of whom were also convicted of rape of minors.
The last time the U.S. federal authorities carried out a death sentence was in 2003. Since then, there has been an unofficial moratorium, with capital punishment applied at the state level.