Attorney General William Barr has been making big changes at the Department of Justice that are aimed at making the country a safer place.
But the same thing usually happens: a left-wing judge rules against the Trump administration, and they have to appeal it to a higher court or even all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
That’s what happened recently, but the Supreme Court just ruled against the Trump administration — and many are completely shocked.
Over the summer, Barr authorized the use of the death penalty by the federal government for the first time in almost two decades.
Just days before the authorization was set to take place on Dec. 9, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan — who was appointed by President Obama — ruled against the authorization and put it on hold.
The Trump administration appealed it to the Supreme Court late last week in hopes that the nation’s highest court would rule in favor of the reauthorization.
On Friday, the Supreme Court rejected the request by the DOJ to proceed with plans to carry out the first executions of federal death row inmates since 2003.
Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the justices left in place a hold imposed by a federal judge on four executions that had been scheduled by U.S. Attorney General William Barr for this month and next month as Trump’s administration embraces the death penalty at a time when increasing numbers of states have given up the practice.
The brief order said that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that is now considering the case should rule “with appropriate dispatch.”
Separately, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Friday granted a request made by the Trump administration and lifted a stay of execution for death row inmate Daniel Lewis Lee, who the government had wanted to execute on Monday.
But as a result of the Supreme Court action, his execution will now be delayed.
Many are stunned the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration on this.
The DOJ wanted to execute Lee on Dec. 9. a man who was convicted in 1999 for participating in the murder of three people, including an 8-year-old girl.
The victims were suffocated using plastic bags before being dumped in a swamp.
Newsmax adds that the Justices did appear to suggest the Trump administration may prevail in the end:
The court as a whole gave no explanation, but the justices said they expect a federal appeals court to move with “appropriate dispatch” in the case.
Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh said the appeals court should be able to rule within 60 days.
The three went along with the Supreme Court’s order Friday, though Alito wrote for the group that the Justice Department “is very likely to prevail when this question is ultimately decided.”
This entire situation is straightforward.
Barr reauthorized the use of the death penalty by the federal government so that sick criminals like Lee can be legally executed for what they did.
But now the DOJ will have to re-evaluate how they want to proceed given the courts are ruling against them.
That’s how absurd things have gotten.