Bloomberg Law
Dec. 29, 2020, 7:38 PM

Covid-19 Complicates Trump Administration’s January Executions

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the Trump administration’s plan to carry out three more executions before Inauguration Day.

A federal judge last week vacated Lisa Montgomery’s Jan. 12 scheduled execution date because the judge had a stay pending when the Justice Department set it. The judge put the stay in place after Montgomery’s lawyers contracted Covid-19 and asked for more time to work on her clemency efforts.

Meanwhile, two other federal inmates scheduled for execution the same week have cited their Covid-19 diagnoses in challenges to their executions.

“It would be a remarkable turn of events if getting infected with ...

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