It was reported on Monday 13 July . The Federal Court of Appeals Judge in Washington DC . blocked the four federal executions schedule for July / August 2020 . All Pentobarbital sodium executions were scheduled in various US states. The block or rejection was because ; ‘Pentobarbital Sodium ’ only executions were argued to pose . “an unconstitutionally significant risk of serious pain.”
Since then , the US Supreme Court has set in .
14 July 2020 – Supreme Court approves execution of federal prisoner
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration was moving ahead early Tuesday with the execution of the first federal prison inmate in 17 years after a divided Supreme Court reversed lower courts and ruled federal executions could proceed.
Daniel Lewis Lee had been scheduled to receive a lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital at 4 p.m. EDT Monday. But a court order issued Monday morning by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan prevented Lee’s execution.
A federal appeals court in Washington refused the administration’s plea to step in, leaving the hold in place, before the Supreme Court acted by a 5-4 vote. Still, Lee’s lawyers insisted the execution could not go forward after midnight under federal regulations.
With conservatives in the majority, the court said in an unsigned opinion that the prisoners’ “executions may proceed as planned.” The four liberal justices dissented.
Lee’s Execution or Physician Assisted Euthanasia was scheduled for 4 Pm Monday .
The Bureau of Prisons had continued with preparations even as lower courts paused the proceedings.