U.S. executes federal death penalty for the first time in 17 years and executes a murderer by injection
According to the ruling of the United States Supreme Court on the 14th, a 47-year-old man was executed on the same day in a federal prison in Midwest Indiana. This is the first execution of the federal death penalty in the United States in 17 years.
According to US media reports, Daniel Lewis Lee was sentenced to death in 1996 for the murder of a couple and their 8-year-old daughter. This sentence was originally scheduled for execution on the afternoon of the 13th.
However, on the morning of the 13th, a judge of the Federal District Court in the capital asked the US Department of Justice to postpone the four death sentences that were scheduled to be executed in July and August this year, including the sentence against Li, on the grounds that they were related There is a legal dispute over the death penalty program.
The U.S. Department of Justice immediately appealed to the Circuit Court of Appeal, and after being rejected, appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.
The Federal Supreme Court in the early hours of 14th Eastern Time with 5 votes in favor and 4 votes against the decision, revoked the lower court’s decision to suspend the execution of the federal death penalty.
At 8 o’clock on the day of Eastern Time, Lee was executed by drug injection in a federal prison in Midwest Indiana. According to reports, he claimed before death that he had not murdered.
In recent years, the number of death penalty executions and the number of death penalty prisoners in the United States have gradually declined, and more and more state laws have ceased to execute death penalty or no longer execute death penalty in practice. A major controversy surrounding the death penalty in the United States is the method of execution, and both the injection and electric shock methods have raised questions.
According to reports, the last execution of the federal death penalty in the United States was in 2003, when a man was executed for kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldier.