Crime The Latest: Arkansas asks court to lift inmate's stay

03:30  16 april  2017
03:30  16 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review

  Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take up their claim that the compressed timetable would violate "evolving standards of decency."U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted the inmates stays of execution on Saturday, but she rejected their arguments that too little time between executions violated their constitutional rights. Arkansas originally planned to execute eight inmates between Monday and April 27 because its supply of one of the three execution drugs, midazolam, expires on April 30 and the state says it does not have a supplier to replenish it.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson setting execution dates for eight inmates on death row (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Arkansas is asking the state Supreme Court to clarify that it has lifted stays on the executions of eight death row inmates

(AP) — The Latest on Arkansas Gov. Arkansas is asking the state Supreme Court to clarify that it has lifted stays on the executions of eight death row inmates , accusing attorneys for the men of trying to manufacture a procedural loophole.

Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel) © The Associated Press Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to execute six men by the end of April (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Arkansas is asking the state's highest court to reconsider its decision to halt the execution of one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die under a plan to execute several men before the end of the month.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state Supreme Court Saturday to lift the stay it issued to Bruce Ward, who was scheduled to die on Monday. The court had issued the stay on Friday.

The Latest: Arkansas court blocks execution of 2 inmates

  The Latest: Arkansas court blocks execution of 2 inmates <p>The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted the executions of two men originally scheduled to be put to death Monday night, putting another legal roadblock in place in Arkansas' plan to conduct eight executions before the end of April.</p>3:50 p.m.

The inmates on Friday asked the state justices to issue a stay while the U. S . Supreme Court takes up their request to Connecticut ski area offers lift tickets on last day. UConn Nation. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas ' efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas ’ efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Attorneys for the seven Arkansas inmates facing lethal injection by the end of the month are asking the state Supreme Court to halt their executions.

State and federal rulings have blocked the state's plan to execute eight inmates before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April.

Ward's attorneys have argued he is a diagnosed schizophrenic with no rational understanding of his impending execution.

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3:55 p.m.

A medical supply company that accused Arkansas of misleadingly obtaining a lethal injection drug wants to drop its lawsuit and is asking a state judge to vacate his order blocking an unprecedented plan to execute eight men by the end of the month.

McKesson on Saturday said it wants to dismiss the lawsuit it had filed against the state over its use of vecuronium bromide sold by the company that was expected to be used in the upcoming executions. The company said a temporary restraining order issued by a Pulaski County judge preventing Arkansas from using the drug is no longer necessary now that a federal judge has halted the state's executions, which were set to begin Monday.

Legal hurdles loom large in Arkansas plan for executions

  Legal hurdles loom large in Arkansas plan for executions <p>Arkansas remains hopeful it can execute five inmates before the end of the month after courts blocked the state from putting two men to death Monday night.</p>The inmates are fighting their executions on multiple legal fronts, but there are currently no stays in place for five who are set to die this month as the state rushes to beat an expiration date for one of its lethal drugs. The next executions are scheduled for Thursday.

(AP) — The Latest on Arkansas ' efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local) The inmates on Friday asked the state justices to issue a stay while the U. S . Supreme Court takes up their request to reconsider its decision to not weigh in on a ruling upholding Arkansas '

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas ' efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Attorneys for the seven Arkansas inmates facing lethal injection by the end of the month are asking the state Supreme Court to halt their executions.

The company has said it sold the drug to be used for medical purposes, not executions.

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11:45 a.m.

The state of Arkansas has appealed a federal judge's decision preventing it from executing several inmates before its supply of an execution drug expires at the end of the month.

The attorney general filed paperwork saying the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis should overturn stays of execution granted earlier Saturday by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson initially scheduled eight executions for the 11-day period, but other court action reduced the number of executions to six.

Baker says the inmates could have legitimate claims that Arkansas' execution protocol could inflict "severe pain."

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10:30 a.m.

Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state's highest court to vacate a judge's ruling that blocks the state from using one of its lethal injection drugs.

Arkansas court blocks 1 execution set for Thursday

  Arkansas court blocks 1 execution set for Thursday The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted one of two executions planned for Thursday night, once again throwing a wrench in the state's plans to conduct several executions before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.The court ruled that Stacey Johnson could pursue his requests for enhanced DNA testing in hopes of proving his innocence in the 1993 rape and killing of Carol Heath. The Innocence Project filed the appeal along with Johnson's attorney."We've established that modern DNA testing methods can prove Mr. Johnson's innocence, and Arkansas law clearly established that Mr. Johnson is entitled to that testing," said Karen Thompson, a staff attorney with

The Latest on Arkansas ' efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local) The inmates on Friday asked the state justices to issue a stay while the U. S . Supreme Court takes up their request to reconsider its decision to not weigh in on a ruling upholding Arkansas ' lethal

(AP) — The Latest on Arkansas ' efforts to execute seven inmates before the end of the month (all times local) The inmates on Friday asked the state justices to issue a stay while the U. S . Supreme Court takes up their request to reconsider its decision to not weigh in on a ruling upholding Arkansas '

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also wants to remove the judge from the case after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the day he issued his decision.

Rutledge on Saturday filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Court after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a temporary restraining order blocking the drug's use. A supplier of the drug accused Arkansas of misleadingly obtaining the product, saying it wasn't sold to be used for executions.

Rutledge's office noted Griffen's attendance at a death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion the same day the ruling was issued. Photos and video showed Griffen strapped to a cot, appearing to mimic a death row inmate on a gurney.

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7 a.m.

A federal judge has halted Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute several inmates over an 11-day period starting next week.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Saturday granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates to block the executions. Arkansas was set to execute the first inmate by lethal injection on Monday night.

The state originally planned to execute eight inmates, but two had previously been blocked by state and federal courts. A state judge earlier Friday blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug, a move that could also halt the executions altogether.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson had scheduled the executions to take place before the state's supply of one of its lethal injection drugs expires at the end of the month. Arkansas hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 because of drug shortages and legal challenges.

Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions .
Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years asked an appeals court on Sunday to halt their lethal injections because of poor health that could cause complications. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday to grant them stays of execution.Jones' lawyers say he suffers from diabetes and is on insulin, has high blood pressure, neuropathy and had one leg amputated below the knee. He is on heavy doses of methadone and gabapentin.

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