For the second time this week, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in the middle of the night allowing the federal government to proceed with the execution of a person on death row. Mark Berman and Tim Elfrink of the Washington Post report that the court’s ruling, which cleared the way for the execution of Wesley Purkey, was posted after 3 a.m. on Thursday. The decision comes two days after the court issued a 5-4 ruling at 2 a.m. on Tuesday allowing the execution of Daniel Lee. The Lee execution was the first time the federal government has administered the death penalty in 17 years. Other initial coverage of the Purkey ruling comes from Scott Neuman of NPR, Jessica Schneider of CNN and Justin Mack of the Indianapolis Star. Stay tuned for an in-depth story at SCOTUSblog on the decision and the emergency litigation that led up to it.

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Recommended Citation: James Romoser, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 16, 2020, 7:18 AM), https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/07/thursday-round-up-535/