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Supreme Court Keeps Federal Executions On Hold

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The Supreme Court is preventing the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.

The court on Friday denied the administration's plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who were given execution dates.

The first of those is scheduled for Monday, with a second set for Friday. Two more inmates were given execution dates in January.

Attorney General William Barr announced during the summer that federal executions would resume using a single drug, pentobarbital, to put inmates to death.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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