U.S. attorney general orders execution dates set for four federal inmates
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General William Barr ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday to plan the first executions of death row inmates since 2003, the Justice Department said.
Barr instructed that the execution dates for four federal inmates convicted of child murder should be set for July and August, the department said in a statement.
The Trump administration's plan to resume federal executions has been held up by litigation over the drugs used in lethal injections.
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The government won a victory in April when the US District Court of Appeals overturned a district judge's injunction, which prevented the execution of four death sentences.
"The four killers whose executions are scheduled today have been given a full and fair trial under our constitution and laws," Barr said in a statement.
"We owe the victims of these horrific crimes and the families left behind to continue the punishment imposed by our judicial system," he said.
The inmates scheduled for execution are Daniel Lee on July 13, Wesley Purkey on July 15, Dustin Honken on July 17 and Keith Nelson on August 28.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; editing by Mohammad Zargham and Peter Cooney)
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