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Federal government completes its fifth execution of 2020

As reported in this AP article, a "Kansas girl’s killer Friday became the fifth federal inmate put to death this year, an execution that went forward only after a higher court tossed a ruling that would have required the government to get a prescription for the drug used to kill him." Here is more: Questions about whether the drug pentobarbital causes pain prior to death had been a focus of appeals for Keith Nelson, 45, the second inmate executed this week in the Trump administration’s resumpti...
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Judge halts Keith Dwayne Nelson execution planned for Friday

The planned federal execution of Keith Dwayne Nelson for Friday has been halted by District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan so his claims against the government for its use of pentobarbital may proceed.
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Judge halts planned Friday execution of Kansas girl's killer

A judge in Washington halted the federal government's planned Friday execution of a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old Kansas girl, saying the law requires the government to get a prescription for the drug it plans to use. In an opinion early Thursday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said a federal law that regulates drugs requires the government to get a prescription for the lethal injection drug pentobarbital, which it plans to use to execute Keith Dwayne Nelson. The governm...
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Justices allow second federal execution to proceed (updated)

Two days after a flurry of late-night filings culminated in an early-morning order by the Supreme Court that allowed the federal government to proceed with the first federal execution in 17 years, the justices cleared the way early Thursday morning for a second execution. In a series of unsigned orders, the court permitted the government to carry out the death sentence of Wesley Ira Purkey, who was convicted of the 1998 rape and stabbing death of 16-year-old Jennifer Long. The justices split 5-4...
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Federal judge halts execution of man whose lawyers argue suffers from dementia

A federal judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man who's said to suffer from Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Wesley Ira Purkey was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, but U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued an injunction prohibiting the federal Bureau of Prisons from going forward with the execution. The ...
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Judge Halts Planned Federal Execution Of Inmate Who Suffers From Dementia

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, was scheduled for execution Wednesday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death Tuesday after his eleventh-hour legal bids failed. U.S. District Judge T...
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US politics: Wesley Ira Purkey federal execution halted by judge – live updates

Execution delayed due to Purkey’s dementia – government appealsMedia banned from publishing new bodycam video of two officers involved in George Floyd deathTrump’s niece says president is dangerous and calls on him to resignSign up to our First Thing newsletter 1.17pm BST US District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington, DC, has imposed two injunctions this morning prohibiting the federal Bureau of Prisons from moving forward with the execution Wesley Ira Purkey. The Justice Department filed im...
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DC District Judge blocks today's scheduled federal execution based on Ford claim of incompetency

As detailed in this new AP piece, this morning a DC District Judge "halted the execution of a man said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution after a 17-year hiatus." Here is more: Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, was scheduled for execution Wednesday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death Tuesday after his eleventh-hour legal...
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In overnight orders, justices allow federal execution to proceed

In the early hours this morning, after a flurry of last-minute filings, a divided Supreme Court cleared the way for federal executions to resume for the first time in nearly 20 years. According to news reports, the federal government then moved quickly to carry out an execution that had been scheduled for Monday afternoon, executing Daniel Lewis Lee at a federal prison in Indiana shortly after 8 a.m. EDT this morning. The battle over the federal government’s efforts to resume executions has been...
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Supreme Court clears way for execution of federal prisoner

By MICHAEL BALSAMO TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Trump administration was moving ahead early Tuesday with the execution of the first federal prison inmate in 17 years after a divided Supreme Court reversed lower courts and ruled federal executions could proceed. Daniel Lewis Lee had been scheduled to receive a lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital at 4 p.m. EDT Monday. But a court order issued Monday morning by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan prevented Lee’s execution. A federal appeals...
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US supreme court clears way for first federal executions in 17 years

Ruling overturns last-minute order to delay execution of Daniel Lee in Indiana The US supreme court has ruled that the first federal executions in 17 years can proceed, overturning an injunction blocking them in order to allow legal challenges to the government’s lethal-injection protocol to continue.Judge Tanya Chutkan of the US district court in Washington had on Monday ordered the justice department to delay four executions scheduled for July and August. Continue reading...
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SCOTUS, by 5-4 vote, vacates new injunction that had been blocking scheduled federal executions ... UPDATE: execution of Daniel Lewis Lee now completed

As noted in this post yesterday, a DC District Court in the morning had entered an order blocking yesterday scheduled federal execution as well as the others planned for this week. That ruling stayed in place through a DC Circuit appeal. But at around 2am this morning, the US Supreme Court decided in this per curiam opinion to "vacate the District Court’s preliminary injunction so that the plaintiffs’ executions may proceed as planned." This AP article provides context and more details: The Tru...
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Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

By MICHAEL BALSAMO TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A U.S. district judge on Monday 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 to a higher court, asking that the executions move forward. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said there are still legal issues to resolve and that “the public is not served by short-circuiting legitimate judicial process.” The executio...
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DC District Judge issues new stay, based on Eighth Amemdment claims, to block this week's scheduled federal executions

As detailed in this new AP piece, a "district judge on Monday 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 to a higher court, asking that the executions move forward." Here is more: U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said there are still legal issues to resolve and that “the public is not served by short-circuiting legitimate judicial process.” The e...
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DC District Judge issues new stay, based on Eighth Amendment claims, to block this week's scheduled federal executions

As detailed in this new AP piece, a "district judge on Monday 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 to a higher court, asking that the executions move forward." Here is more: U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said there are still legal issues to resolve and that “the public is not served by short-circuiting legitimate judicial process.” The e...
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U.S. judge delays first federal executions in 17 years

A U.S. federal judge issued an injunction on Monday delaying what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years, scheduled for later in the day, thwarting at least for now the Trump administration's goal of reviving capital punishment at the federal level. Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. district court in Washington ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to delay four executions scheduled for July and August to allow continuation of the condemned men's legal challenges against a new l...
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No new grants today

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference last week. The court did not grant any new cases for oral argument in the fall, but with another conference now scheduled for Wednesday, more grants could come as soon as Thursday morning. The justices invited the federal government to file briefs in two cases: PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey, about whether the Natural Gas Act authorizes private companies to exercise the federal government’s eminent domain p...
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Court fast-tracks federal death penalty dispute 

After the federal government announced that it plans to resume executions in July after a pause of nearly 20 years, the Supreme Court today put the dispute over the lethal-injection protocol that the government plans to use in those executions on a fast track. In an order issued this afternoon, the justices instructed the federal government to file its brief opposing the inmates’ petition for review tomorrow, with the inmates’ reply brief to follow on Monday, June 22. This briefing schedule, whi...
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Federal death-row inmates ask court to put on hold D.C. Circuit ruling that would allow executions to proceed (Updated)

This morning federal death-row inmates asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a lower-court ruling that upheld new federal regulations for carrying out the death penalty. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, would allow the federal government to resume executions for the first time in over 15 years. This is the second time that the justices have been asked to intervene in the dispute between the inm...
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Will Joe Biden release a SCOTUS short-list and will it excite criminal justice reformers?

As revealed in this way back link, it was mid May 2016 when then-candidate "Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court."  Notably, neither Neil Gorsuch nor Brett Kavanaugh appeared on the first Trump SCOTUS short-list, but these names were added later and now they are fixed as part of the Trump Supreme Court legacy. This recent CBS article, headlined "Democrats push Joe Biden to re...
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SCOTUS for law students: The Supreme Court and the death penalty

Death penalty cases have long been among the most difficult and divisive for the Supreme Court. With the possibility that federal executions may resume this year for the first time since 2003, the court’s role in these cases may grow even more complex. The Supreme Court has three primary roles in death penalty cases. First, the court reviews habeas corpus appeals by death row inmates raising claims that their trial or death sentence was carried out in violation of their constitutional rights. So...
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Federal judge halts pending scheduled federal executions based on contention that planned execution protocol "exceeds statutory authority"

As explained in this Politico article, a federal district "judge has blocked the scheduled executions of four federal death row inmates, effectively freezing the Trump administration’s effort to resume imposing the death penalty in a federal system that saw its last execution more than a decade and a half ago."  Here is a link to the ruling and a summary from this press account: The order issued Wednesday night by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan halts four executions that U.S. officials ...
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Judge halts all scheduled federal executions

A judge has blocked the scheduled executions of four federal death row inmates, effectively freezing the Trump administration’s effort to resume imposing the death penalty in a federal system that saw its last execution more than a decade and a half ago. The order issued Wednesday night by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan halts four executions that U.S. officials planned to carry out starting next month. The only other execution that officials had put on the calendar, also for December,...
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NRA-Linked Russian Maria Butina Is Appealing Her 18-Month Sentence

Maria Butina, the NRA-linked Russian national who to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, is appealing her 18-month sentence, according to a court notice filed by her lawyers Wednesday. A federal judge handed down the sentence — which will take into account time served for her detention since her July 2018 arrest — last month. The sentence was harsher than many were expecting, given that the probation office recommended only 12 months in its sentencing report. Prosecutors, however, had ...
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United States: Breaking: Judge Orders Employers Must Submit EEO-1 Pay Data By September 30, 2019 - Proskauer Rose LLP

According to published reports, US District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a ruling from the bench today ordering employers to submit the pay data component of the EEO-1 form ("Component 2") by September 30, 2019.
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Butina Sentenced To 18 Months For Conspiracy To Act As A Foreign Agent

Russian national Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months by a federal judge in D.C. for conspiracy to act as foreign agent. She will get credit for the nine months she has been incarcerated after her arrest. “This case is not simply about failing to notify the attorney general,” U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said at the sentencing hearing. It is because Butina did not register as a foreign agent, Chuktan said, that made her conduct so “dangerous” and a “threat” to “our democratic institut...
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Russian sentenced to 18 months for being agent for Kremlin

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan also ordered Butina deported after she completes her sentence. Chutkan said she was imposing the sentence to reflect the seriousness of the offense and to promote deterrence.
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Butina Loses Effort To Exclude Feds’ New Claims From Her Sentencing

Maria Butina lost in her effort to exclude from her sentencing proceedings the testimony of an ex-FBI agent who claims that her conduct in the U.S. was part of a so-called “spot and assess” operation on Russia’s behalf. “Butina provided Russia with information that has tremendous intelligence value,” , the ex-FBI agent, Robert Anderson, said in a declaration submitted by prosecutors as part of their sentencing recommendation for her last week. He claimed that it was the type of information th...
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United States: EEOC Proposes Extending Pay Data Submission Deadline To September 30 - Foley & Lardner

As we recently reported, federal Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently ordered the EEOC to move forward with stalled Obama-era requirements.
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Russian agent Maria Butina to be sentenced in U.S. on April 26

Convicted Russian spy Maria Butina, who admitted to working in the United States as an agent of the Russian government to infiltrate the NRA and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans, will be sentenced on April 26, said U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Thursday. The charges against Butina were not part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election. The contents of Mueller's report have not been released. The man i...
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