A convicted package bomber asks a court to block his scheduled execution this week. Walter Moody, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Thursday for the bombing death of US Circuit Judge Robert Vance in 1989. The judge died when he opened a package bomb Moody sent to his home.
In a court filing Monday, Justice Department lawyers wrote that Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the U.S. will give Alabama full custody of Moody so the state can execute him. Attorneys for Moody last week asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay his execution, arguing that the state cannot put him to death while he is serving a federal sentence.
Attorneys for the Department of Justice wrote in an earlier court filing that “Moody has no personal right to serve his federal and state sentences in any particular order and may not interject himself into a determination that is the sole province of the United States and Alabama.”