Daniel Lewis Lee’s execution halted again

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Terre Haute, Indiana – A US district judge on Monday ordered a further postponement of federal executions, a few hours before first lethal injection was to be executed in a federal prison in Indiana. The Trump administration immediately appealed to a higher court, demanding that the executions move forward.US District Judge Tanya Chutkan said that there are still legal issues to be resolved and that “the public is not served by a short circuit of a legitimate judicial process”. The executions, pushed by the administration, would be the first carried out at the federal level since 2003.

Chutkan said the detainees had presented evidence that the government’s plan to use only pentobarbital for the execution “poses a significant unconstitutional risk of severe pain”.

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