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Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 11:31:58-04

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana.

The Trump administration immediately appealed, asking a higher court to allow the executions to move forward.

The executions, pushed by the administration, would be the first carried out at the federal level since 2003.

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The new hold on executions came a day after a federal appeals court lifted a hold on the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT on Monday.