In Roane v. Barr, 19-1348, the Supreme Court announced it would fast-track its review of a challenge by several death row inmates to the Trump administration’s revised approach to federal executions. The four inmates, most of whom are scheduled to be killed in July 2020, argued that a lethal injection protocol that the Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted last year violates federal law. The Supreme Court ordered the DOJ to respond to the inmates’ petition by June 19, 2020. This order came three days after the Attorney General announced that officials had again scheduled executions as they seek to carry out federal death sentences for the first time since 2003.
The petition for a writ of certiorari, the application for a stay of mandate, response to application, brief in opposition, reply, and motion to expedite are available on the Supreme Court’s website, here.