A flood of Big Law and Justice Department lawyers took over the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday, as they argued over Attorney General William Barr’s new policy reviving the federal death penalty.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled late last year to block several federal executions scheduled to begin in December under the new policy. The D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay that order while the appeal was litigated.

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