The U.S. Supreme Court approved Tuesday the first federal executions in the country in 17 years after overturning the decision by a judge who temporarily paralyzed the measure, which was decided by the Donald Trump administration last year.
The ruling, which was adopted with five votes in favor and two against, was issued early Tuesday after the Department of Justice appealed the District of Columbia judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s decision to prevent Monday from being the first Federal execution since 2003.
The judge ruled in favor of four death row inmates who had challenged the Donald Trump administration’s new execution protocols last summer.
Chutkan agreed with the plaintiffs that the new protocols could violate the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which explicitly prohibits “cruel punishments” because the drug now used to execute prisoners creates a feeling of drowning and suffocation. ” Causes “excessive pain, terror and panic.