The U.S. Supreme Court decided to conduct a second execution at the federal level in 17 years – the previous one took place only on July 14, 2020. It is reported by CBS News.
Most judges voted to execute the execution again against another criminal – Wesley Ira Purkey, who brutally raped and killed a 16-year-old. It will be held July 21 at the Terra Hot Federal Correctional Facility in Indiana.
Five judges supported, four opposed. Judge Sonia Sotomayor stated that, from the point of view of the US Constitution, the execution of a death sentence may be considered premature, since the question of the conviction’s sanity remains open. We are talking about the statements of Purka’s lawyers, according to which he suffers from dementia: in their opinion, this is a mitigating circumstance and the man should not be executed.
This is the second case in the last 17 years when the death penalty will be carried out at the federal level. July 14 in the United States was the first federal execution during this time against Daniel Lewis Lee, convicted of the murder of a family of three.
The last execution at the federal level was carried out in 2003, while in federal prisons there are about 60 people sentenced to capital punishment.
In 1976, the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. Since that time, more than 1.5 thousand prisoners have been executed in American prisons, but only three of them are federal criminals, the remaining cases were related to the decision of local authorities.