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"Justice Sotomayor opens her dissent in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs by saying the names of every person executed by the federal government over the past year."

Justice Sotomayor opens her dissent in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs by saying the names of every person executed by the federal government over the past year. pic.twitter.com/KLHcRTWMIZ— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) January 16, 2021 Sister Helen Prejean continues her summary, here, at Twitter, but here's the full text of the dissent, issued yesterday. Excerpt:  Throughout this expedited spree of executions, this Court has consistently rejected inmates’ credible claims for relief. The Court...
Tags: Law, Court, Death Penalty, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor, Helen Prejean, Ann Althouse, Dustin Higgs


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 the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who opposes capital punishment. In a brief, unsigned ruling issued around 11 p.m., the justices rever...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Joe Biden, Indiana, Department Of Justice, Johnson, Trump, Higgs, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Breyer, Elena Kagan, 4th Circuit


SCOTUS clear way for 13th federal execution in six months, prompting extended dissents from Justices Breyer and Sotomayor

The now familiar federal execution drama has now played out one more time, this time around with Dustin Higgs securing a stay in lower courts only to see the Supreme Court allowing the execution to go forward.  Notably, with this last scheduled federal execution, Justice Beyer and Justice Sotomayor each sought to say their piece in extended dissents.  Justice Breyer's fourt-page dissent starts this way: Last July the Federal Government executed Daniel Lee. Lee’s execution was the first federal ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Georgia, United States, Federal Government, Stevens, Sotomayor, Breyer, Gregg, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Beyer, Nken, Stewart Powell, Barr v Lee


Feds complete yet another late-night execution of convicted killer of seven from Virginia

As reported in this CNN piece, headlined "Federal government executes Corey Johnson following prolonged legal fight," the latest federal execution followed, yet again, what has become the standard litigation script with the Supreme Court ultimately rejecting all final arguments for a delay.  Here are some of the details:  Corey Johnson was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. ET on Thursday. Johnson was s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Johnson, Biden, US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Terre Haute Indiana, Federal Correctional Complex, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Dustin Higgs


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

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 ineligible for the death penalty on the basis of intellectual disability and that he should have been allowed to seek a sentencing reduction under a 2018 prison-reform law. In rejecting his appeals, the court cleared the final obstacle...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Indiana, Department Of Justice, Johnson, Donald Trump, Richmond, Trump, Higgs, D C Circuit, Sotomayor, Breyer, Elena Kagan


After SCOTUS reverses stays by 6-3 votes, US complete early morning execution of only woman on federal death row

As reported here via SCOTUSblog, the "Supreme Court on Tuesday night cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 68 years.  Montgomery was convicted in 2008 of strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant, and extracting the premature baby to pass off as her own child." Here is more: In a series of brief, unsigned orders, the Supreme Court reversed a pair of rulings from federal appeals courts...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, US, Georgia, Missouri, Justice Department, Montgomery, Trump, Kelly Gissendaner, Lisa Montgomery, Terre Haute Indiana, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, Dustin Higgs


Reversing several lower courts, justices allow execution of Lisa Montgomery

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 68 years. Montgomery was convicted in 2008 of strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant, and extracting the premature baby to pass off as her own child. In a series of brief, unsigned orders, the Supreme Court reversed a pair of rulings from federal appeals courts that had put Montgomery’s execution on hold, and i...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Joe Biden, Indiana, Missouri, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Montgomery, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons, D C Circuit, U S Court of Appeals, Elena Kagan, Kagan, 7th Circuit


US death row prisoner Dustin Higgs petitions Trump for clemency

Higgs to be executed next month for role in 1996 murdersLawyers say death sentence ‘arbitrary and inequitable’Opinion: Trump is on a literal killing spreeIn a last-ditch effort to stay alive, Dustin Higgs, a federal death row prisoner set to be put to death next month as part of the Trump administration’s flurry of executions in its final days in office, has petitioned the president for clemency. Related: Trump administration has executed more Americans than all states combined, report finds ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, US, World news, US news, Capital punishment, Donald Trump, Trump, Higgs, Dustin Higgs



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