The Supreme Court of the USA on December 6 blocked attempts by the Donald Trump-led government to restart federal executions of death row convicts after 16 years.
The top court’s order put on hold four executions scheduled to take place this month. Most executions in the United States have been carried out by states rather than the federal government. Protracted litigation over the drugs used in lethal injection executions prevented the government from continuing the practice.
The administration turned to the supreme court after the appeals court on December 2 refused to immediately allow the executions to resume. The apex court, in a brief order, said that the appeals court should be able to rule on the issue within 60 days.