“This decision is perverse. It is illogical,” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent in Shinn v. Ramirez.
Clarence Dixon, 66, died by lethal injection for his conviction in killing a 21-year-old college student in 1978.
A federal public defender praised Republican Gov. Bill Lee for his “great leadership” for launching the review.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined an attorney request to stop the execution of Carl Wayne Buntion, 78, for the 1990 fatal shooting of Houston police officer James Irby.
After the botched execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett, capital punishment supporters are pushing for death penalty reform. Mark Earley of the Constitution Project’s Death Penalty Committee joins HuffPost Live to talk ending systematic fails.
The last execution by firing squad in the U.S. was in 2010.
Prosecutors are imploring President Joe Biden to end the federal death penalty after the Trump administration’s execution spree.
The option was added after the state was unable to obtain the drugs necessary to carry out lethal injections.
The state killed 35-year-old Gilbert Postelle, a man with an IQ that approaches an intellectual disability who suffered from neglect and drug addiction as a child.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted Jones' death sentence to life without parole, a partial adoption of recommendations from the state's Pardon and Parole Board.