Michael Tarm pored over court records and other documents, interviewed key players, and used his experience in witnessing 10 of 13 federal executions during Donald Trump’s presidency to reveal that officials cut corners and relied on a pliant Supreme Court to carry out executions even when some — including Trump himself — agreed that there might be valid reasons not to proceed with them all. Tarm drew on sources that included four federal death row inmates who were there when the executions happened. They were crucial to providing a fly-on-the-wall view of the atmosphere inside death row during executions. He also maintained contact with federal defenders who he spoke with first when their clients were put to death. Tarm’s story was among the tops in page views for the day at about 49,000 and had a perfect 100 score in engagement.