Judge temporarily stops 1st federal executions since 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted the first federal executions in 16 years as a lawsuit on how the government intends to carry them out continues.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan said in a Wednesday evening ruling that the public is not served by “short-circuiting” legitimate judicial process.

Attorney General William Barr unexpectedly announced in July that the government would resume executions on Dec. 9, ending an informal moratorium on federal capital punishment as the issue receded from the public domain.