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Judge Orders Halt To Federal Executions That Were Set To Resume This Week

A federal judge in Washington. D.C., has barred the lethal injections that were scheduled to commence on Monday, citing the likelihood of "pain and suffering." A legal conflict is likely.
The U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Three executions are scheduled there this week but legal challenges make it unclear when — or if — they'll go forward. Source: MICHAEL CONROY

A federal judge in Washington has blocked federal executions scheduled for this week, citing concerns that the lethal injection protocol involved is "very likely to cause extreme pain and needless suffering."

Judge Tanya Chutkan said the last-minute ruling only hours before executions were set to resume for the first time in

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