Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Federal Executions
FILE - In this March 17, 2003 oil photo, a guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. After the latest 17-year hiatus, the Trump administration wants to restart federal executions this month at the Terre Haute, prison. Four men are slated to die. All are accused of murdering children in cases out of Arkansas, Kansas Iowa and Missouri. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy File)

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.

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.

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