Bloomberg Law
Jan. 15, 2020, 5:32 PMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2020, 8:58 PM

Trump-Appointed Judges Appear to Side with Federal Execution Bid (1)

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

President Donald Trump’s quest to resume federal executions was scrutinized in a federal appeals court in Washington on Wednesday.

Two Trump-appointees on the three-judge panel lobbed tough questions at the lawyer arguing against the government’s lethal injection protocol for federal death row prisoners, while the Clinton-appointee was the most critical of the government’s position.

Though it’s unclear exactly how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rule in the dispute that raises a morass of technical issues, what’s more certain is that whichever side loses will quickly appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court ...

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