Supreme Court clears way for federal execution Thursday night

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The unsigned order was the court’s second refusal to stop a federal execution this week. The court on Tuesday dismissed William LeCroy’s stay request in an order that marked the first since the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Vialva was convicted 20 years ago for the 1999 murders of two youth ministers in Fort Hood, Texas. At the time of the crime, Vialva was 19 and critics note that this will be the first time in nearly 70 years that the United States has executed a man for a crime he committed as a teenager.

If Vialva is executed as planned, it will be the seventh federal execution since the Justice Department revived the practice this summer after a 17-year hiatus.

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