- Jan 18, 2020
After he surged into office last year wearing his Christian faith on his sleeve, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee found himself running a state with a growing reputation for putting inmates to death.
The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from carrying out the first federal executions in 16 years.
A federal judge Nov. 20 temporarily blocked the executions of four federal death-row inmates scheduled for December and January, saying the lethal injections they were to receive goes against the Federal Death Penalty Act.
Nearly 100 people were bathed in light as they gathered for a prayer vigil at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Terre Haute, not far from the Federal Correctional Complex. Despite the lights and bright glow, the tone was heavy and somber. They were gathered to pray for the federal death-row inmates and all those affected by their pending executions scheduled for December and January at the prison.
Texas governor Greg Abbott is facing calls to stop the execution of Rodney Reed, who is set to die this month for a 1996 killing despite new evidence that even a growing number of Republican legislators say raises serious questions about his guilt.
James Dailey, a prisoner who has been on Florida’s death row for more than three decades and who has maintained his innocence, was granted a temporary stay of execution Oct. 23.