Crime Inmate asks Arkansas high court to halt upcoming execution

05:35  07 november  2017
05:35  07 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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(AP) — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week asked the state's highest court Monday to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

(AP) - An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week has asked the state's highest court to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows convicted murderer Jack Greene. Greene is scheduled for execution Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. His lawyers asked the Arkansas Supreme Court for a stay of execution on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, saying he will not understand why he is being executed because he suffers from delusions. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP File) © The Associated Press FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows convicted murderer Jack Greene. Greene is scheduled for execution Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. His lawyers asked the Arkansas Supreme Court for a stay of execution on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, saying he will not understand why he is being executed because he suffers from delusions. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week asked the state's highest court Monday to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

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(AP) — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week asked the state's highest court Monday to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

(AP) — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week has asked the state's highest court to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

Attorneys for Jack Greene asked the state Supreme Court to issue an emergency stay of execution. Greene is scheduled to be executed Thursday night for the 1991 death of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and later shot.

Greene's attorneys asked for the stay while they appeal a lower court's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law giving the state's top prison official the authority to determine whether Greene is competent to be executed. Greene's attorneys say he suffers from psychotic delusions, and say the inmate believes the attorneys and prison officials have conspired to torture him.

The judge who dismissed the suit said the law had already been upheld as constitutional and that she didn't have the authority to stay the execution.

Arkansas ordered to release more info on execution drug

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(AP) — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week asked the state's highest court Monday to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week has asked the state's highest court to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

The filing cited the court's decision to halt the execution of another inmate, Bruce Ward, in April over similar claims about his mental competency.

"The court should not allow the state to avoid the substantial questions presented here by executing Greene before the court can address them — as it has already committed itself to do in another case," Greene's attorneys said in Monday's filing.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said she was reviewing the filing.

"She opposes the inmate's request for a stay and will file a response within the time frame set forth by the court," Judd Deere, a spokesman for Rutledge, said in an email.

If carried out, Greene's execution would be the first since Arkansas put four inmates to death over an eight-day period in April. Arkansas originally planned to put eight inmates to death over an 11-day period, scheduling the executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expired, but four of the executions were blocked by the courts. Arkansas' governor scheduled Greene's execution in August after the state obtained a new supply of the drug, midazolam.

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