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Court blocks execution, will weigh in on inmate’s religious-liberty claims

CAPITAL CASE By Amy Howe on Sep 8, 2021 at 10:47 pm The Supreme Court agreed to postpone the execution of John Ramirez, who was scheduled to die on Wednesday night in Texas. The last-minute respite will allow the justices to fully consider Ramirez’s request that his pastor be allowed to physically touch Ramirez and […]

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Texas inmate seeks stay of execution over request for pastor to minister to him in final moments

CAPITAL CASE By Amy Howe on Sep 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm The Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville, where the state’s execution chamber is housed. (Nick DiFonzo via Flickr) A Texas inmate asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block his execution, arguing that the state’s refusal to allow his spiritual adviser to lay his […]

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Court won’t allow Alabama execution without a pastor

By Amy Howe on Feb 12, 2021 at 2:35 am The court issued its ruling on Alabama’s attempt to execute Willie Smith III at midnight on Thursday. (Katie Barlow) The Supreme Court on Thursday night ruled that the execution of an Alabama man must remain on hold unless the state allows the man, Willie Smith […]

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Over sharp dissents, court intervenes to allow federal government to execute 13th person in six months

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the federal government to execute Dustin Higgs, reversing lower-court orders that had put the execution on hold and drawing strongly worded dissents from two justices. Higgs’ execution was the third federal execution this week, and it concludes a push by the Trump administration to carry out death sentences before […]

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Court allows execution of Corey Johnson to proceed after COVID-19 diagnosis

Posted Thu, January 14th, 2021 11:54 pm by Kalvis Golde The justices on Thursday night denied two last-minute appeals by Corey Johnson, who sought to postpone his execution so that he could recover from COVID-19, which he contracted in prison after spending most of his life on death row. Johnson also argued that he was […]

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Justices allow execution of Alfred Bourgeois to proceed

Posted Fri, December 11th, 2020 9:31 pm by Kalvis Golde Alfred Bourgeois became the 10th person to be put to death by the federal government this year, after the Supreme Court on Friday evening denied his application for a delay of the execution. Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor indicated that they would have granted […]

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Court allows government to proceed with execution of Native American inmate

Posted Tue, August 25th, 2020 11:58 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Tuesday night declined to block the execution, scheduled for Wednesday, of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row. The justices, without any noted dissents, denied two emergency requests from Mitchell seeking to postpone the execution. Mitchell had argued […]

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Native American inmate asks court to stay execution

Posted Wed, August 19th, 2020 9:28 am by Amy Howe The only Native American on federal death row has asked the Supreme Court to put his death sentence on hold. In a filing submitted Tuesday, Lezmond Mitchell urged the justices to stay his execution, scheduled for Aug. 26, while they consider whether to take up […]

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Justices allow second federal execution to proceed (updated)

Two days after a flurry of late-night filings culminated in an early-morning order by the Supreme Court that allowed the federal government to proceed with the first federal execution in 17 years, the justices cleared the way early Thursday morning for a second execution. In a series of unsigned orders, the court permitted the government […]

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In overnight orders, justices allow federal execution to proceed

In the early hours this morning, after a flurry of last-minute filings, a divided Supreme Court cleared the way for federal executions to resume for the first time in nearly 20 years. According to news reports, the federal government then moved quickly to carry out an execution that had been scheduled for Monday afternoon, executing […]