Judge Judith McLeod was among the 10 judges who voted against the death penalty for a man convicted of raping his stepdaughter, an appeal court said Friday.
McLeod, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in February, said she voted in favor of the death sentence of the 25-year-old man on Thursday, citing the “high risk of his reoffending” and the “immediate need” to protect the community from the potential of an offender reoffering a victim.
The judge said she also believed that the man should be sent to prison for the rest of his life.
“I believe this man should spend the rest (of his life) behind bars,” McLeod said at a news conference.
“I believe he should be given the minimum sentence possible.”
McLeod was appointed to the federal bench in Washington in March, joining a number of federal judges who have voiced opposition to the death sentences.
The Trump administration has also said it opposes the death penalties.
The state of Maryland is not a death penalty state, but it still has a death row and the governor has said he would seek clemency for convicted murderers.