Washington DC federal judge Tanya Chutkan has temporarily suspended the execution of a convict suffering from dementia and schizophrenia on Wednesday. This is the second such order that the same judge issued this week to stop the death penalty from being used, according to The Hill digital newspaper.
Judge Chutkan approved an injunction to suspend the federal execution, which charges Wesley Ira Purkey, a convicted man with dementia and schizophrenia, who was due to be executed a few hours later. After the judge’s decision, the Ministry of Justice appealed to continue the execution.
The situation is similar to the hours before the first federal execution, which was completed this Tuesday. Judge Chutkan ordered the federal execution to be suspended, and the Justice Department appealed her decision and ruled the Supreme Court in favor of the execution hours later. The inmate was eventually executed, completing the first federal execution in 17 years.
“The speed with which the government plans to carry out these executions and the fact that the Supreme Court prioritizes this pace to the detriment of further legal proceedings make last-minute suspensions much more likely to make the efforts of the complainants and the court to address the resources in good time “Justified Chutkan justified this new temporary suspension of a federal execution.