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Court Clears Path for More Federal Executions

HeadlineNov 19, 2020

The federal government is scheduled to execute Orlando Hall today at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Hall is an African American man who was sentenced to die by an all-white jury. He will be the eighth person to be executed by the federal government this year. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court refused to delay the execution of Hall after lawyers challenged the government’s lethal injection methods. Meanwhile, the United States is moving ahead with plans to execute Lisa Montgomery on December 8. She is set to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years. Her chances of receiving clemency have been dealt a setback after two of her attorneys became infected with COVID-19 after visiting her in prison.

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