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State still plans double execution despite Supreme Court setback

21 April 2017, 12:04 | Darin Griffith

Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in almost 12 years by refusing to lift an order sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant expired.

The court said the condemned inmate should have a chance at proving his innocence with further DNA testing.

According to KARK, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is weighing her legal options in responding to the court's decision to stay Johnson's execution.

As of Wednesday evening, Ledell Lee is still scheduled to be executed Thursday. That would be the most in the United States in as short a period since the death penalty's reinstatement in 1976.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas prepared again Thursday to conduct its first executions since 2005, wary and tired after a series of court decisions gutted its unprecedented plan to put eight men to death before the end of the month.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attempt to carry out its first execution in almost 12 years wasn't thwarted by the type of liberal activist judge Republicans regularly bemoan here, but instead by a state Supreme Court that's been the focus of expensive campaigns by conservative groups to reshape the judiciary.

McKesson Corp., a San Francisco-based medical supply company, "claimed that the state deliberately circumvented them to use the drugs for executions".

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It's become very hard for states to get the drugs for executions because multinational manufacturers oppose their use in that way. Supreme Court after the state lost an appeal to the high court on a case involving another inmate Monday night.

A state prison official testified that he deliberately ordered the drug previous year in a way that there wouldn't be a paper trail, relying on phone calls and text messages. Arkansas Department of Correction Deputy Director Rory Griffin said he didn't keep records of the texts, but McKesson salesman Tim Jenkins did. In text messages from Jenkins' phone, there is no mention that the drug would be used in executions.

Two inmates are scheduled for execution Thursday night with three more executions planned for next week. This has created a shortage that has led US prisons to turn to unsafe experimentation, as was in the case in 2014, when Dennis McGuire, an OH inmate on death row, was injected with a never-before-used drug cocktail. The state can ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to reconsider its decision or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday opted not to vacate a separate stay involving inmate Davis. A federal judge this month halted the last of the executions. His execution, as well as Bruce Earl Ward's, never occurred due to stays put in place by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Johnson and Ledell Lee, the other prisoner who was scheduled to be executed tonight, both say they are innocent.

The legal maneuvers frustrated Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who had set the execution schedule less than two months ago. In an amicus brief they filed with the district court, the companies wrote that using their medicines in executions "runs counter to the manufacturers' mission to save and enhance patients' lives". There are no current stays blocking those executions, but both inmates have pending court challenges.

On the April 18 edition of Fox News' Happening Now, host Jon Scott opened a panel discussion by asking, "The reasoning for this holdup has nothing to do with the lethal injection drugs that are currently in question, right?"

Their strategy to win stays is in marked contrast to the first two inmates who faced the death chamber and were spared Monday by arguing they should not be put to death because of mental health issues.



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