U.S. judge issues order staying execution of Orlando Hall


WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday halted the U.S. Justice Department’s plan to execute Orlando Hall, an African American, by lethal injection in the evening, after an appeals court this week found the government’s death penalty protocol violates federal law. “The court is deeply concerned that the government intends to proceed with a method of execution that this court and the Court of Appeals have found violates federal law,” U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan wrote in her opinion.

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