The Supreme Court won’t hear a legal challenge to federal executions – allowing four currently scheduled to proceed.
The high court dismissed a challenge that sought to require the fed to use the same method and procedures as that of the state in which a condemned is sentenced.
Four federal lethal injections, using the single drug pentobarbital, are scheduled for July 13 through 17. USA Today reports fourteen states have sided with the federal government, writing that the drug “is a fast-acting barbiturate that can reliably induce and maintain a coma-like state that renders a person insensate to pain.”
There are 62 federal death row inmates, including Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convited in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and Dylan Roof, convicted of killing nine inside a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015.