The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling early Tuesday that allowed authorities to conduct the first federal execution in 17 years was the latest of several court orders issued in part by President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees in favor of the execution.

The fight over the new federal death penalty protocol, announced by Attorney General William Barr last year, was tied up in the courts for several months as attorneys for the men scheduled to be executed argued the new policy was unlawful.

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