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Arkansas Pushes To Carry Out Executions, Fighting Court Rulings And The Clock

Arkansas Pushes To Carry Out Executions, Fighting Court Rulings And The Clock

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday also barred a state judge who blocked the multiple execution plan from taking up any death penalty related cases after he participated in a protest where he appeared to mimic a death row inmate about to receive lethal injection.

Writing in a dissent, Associate Justice Shawn Womack lamented the court's ruling.

"We have worked round the clock for the last couple of weeks and particularly in the last couple of days, as judges have made decisions and court cases have been filed in these pieces of litigation, to ensure again that justice is carried out for these families of the victims", Rutledge said. Justices also referred Griffen to the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to consider whether he violated the code of conduct for judges.

The inmates' attorneys say they were denied access to independent mental health experts.

Baker ordered lawyers for the state and the death row prisoners to return to court on Monday with a revised plan for viewing the executions and having defense counsel present. "(D) elaying Appellees' executions by even a few days - until Arkansas's supply of midazolam expires - will make it impossible for Arkansas to carry out Appellees' just and lawful sentences".

Among the decisions the state is appealing is one from a federal judge who on Saturday halted all of the executions so the inmates could pursue claims their deaths could be especially painful. Despite some legal setbacks for the state, it was still possible the executions could begin at 7 p.m. Monday. After issuing the order, Griffen participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration where he was strapped to a cot. Two others won stays of execution from state courts, leaving six of the original petitioners now in line for their executions to be carried out.

Justices on Monday reassigned the cases from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

On Friday, Griffen granted a restraining order preventing Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide, one of three drugs it uses in executions, because the supplier said the state misleadingly obtained the drug.

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

A different federal judge has issued a stay for one of the eight condemned prisoners and the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate.

"The Attorney General is considering options as to how to proceed", Judd Deere, a spokesman for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, said in a statement.

The executions would have started Monday night under Arkansas' aggressive plan to use a key drug before it expires at the end of April.

The company that asked Griffen to act, McKesson Corp., sought to drop its lawsuit after U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued her stays on Saturday. People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.

If the attorney had to rush out to file an emergency petition, it would deprive the inmate of a lawyer to witness the execution, Baker said.

Arkansas says it can not find a new drug supply if the executions are delayed. That would be the most of any state in as short a period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based nonprofit that monitors U.S. capital punishment.


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