January 29, 2000
Judge Nixes Indefinite INS Jailing
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Another federal judge has ruled that the Immigration and Naturalization Service cannot indefinitely hold immigrants who have been ordered deported for crimes but whose native countries refuse to accept them.
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter's ruling affects 130 legal immigrants being held at detention centers in central California who already have served prison time for their crimes.
U.S. judge blocks Kelly execution
By Jane E. Allen
The Associated Press
A federal judge Wednesday blocked next week's execution of triple murderer Horace Kelly -- possibly for years -- while defense lawyers press claims that he was denied fair trial and is mentally unfit to understand the case.
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. said the execution by lethal injection, scheduled for about 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, would be stayed until final resolution of a federal appeal that contains more than 60 claims.