EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A judge halted four executions scheduled to begin in December at the federal prison in Terre Haute.
This happened after US Attorney General Bill Barr’s controversial decision to resume federal executions.
In July, Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the execution of five inmates.
He also wanted the federal government to adopt a new protocol for executions.
Barr called for federal prisons to replace a three-drug lethal injection with a single drug.
Death row prisoners challenged that as unconstitutional.
A judge blocked the executions, saying the prisoners would be executed under a procedure that may be unlawful.
Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said he’s in favor of delaying executions if new information or evidence comes to light.
“To me, there would be nothing more sad to where somebody was executed and it’s based upon evidence that, you know, should turn the case around,” said Sen. Braun.
The federal executions would have been the first conducted in more than 16 years.
(This story was originally published on November 21, 2019)