In the United States canceled the first in 17 years, the Federal penalty
The court suspended the first penalty, which was to be held in a Federal U.S. prison for 17 years, stated in the order judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of Indiana.
Relatives of the victims at the hands of Daniel Lewis Lee filed a lawsuit with the requirement to suspend the penalty because the prison in Indiana, according to them, has not created a safe environment for their presence. Relatives of the victims refer to the epidemic COVID-19.
The judge suspended the penalty until, as the authorities do not provide such conditions.
A year ago, attorney General William Barr announced that Federal authorities will resume the execution of criminals, because they feel their obligation to comfort the families of the victims. However, the relatives of the victims, Daniel Lewis Lee, who was supposed to die on Monday in Terre Hout in Indiana, asked the court to suspend the penalty. According to them, If the penalty will only exacerbate their grief.
Lee, a member of the racist group, brutally murdered a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl. In 1999, a jury sentenced him to death.
Next week two more penalty - Wesley Ira Parks, who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl and Keith Dwayne Nelson, who was kidnapped, raped and killed 10-year-old girl.
The restoration of the Federal death penalty has a symbolic meaning for the United States, where the vast majority of executions take place in the jurisdiction of individual States, not the Federal government.