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High court rejects petitions in federal death penalty cases

The federal government is set to proceed with its first executions since 2003 after the Supreme Court denied certiorari for four inmates challenging the federal lethal-injection protocol. Many states mandate a three-drug cocktail in lethal injections, and the inmates argued that the federal government will use a single drug despite a requirement that executions are conducted "in the manner prescribed by the law of the State in which the sentence is imposed."

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