Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen temporarily halted the scheduled executions of eight death row prisoners on Friday.
In an order issued in the inmates' lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Correction, Griffen wrote "that immediate and irreparable harm will result to plaintiffs absent a temporary restraining order enjoining defendants from executing plaintiffs as scheduled."
Nine inmates filed suit June 29 seeking to have the state law that sets out the method of execution declared unconstitutional.
The suit also asked that the state be permanently blocked from using the current lethal injection method of execution.
Friday's order applies to all nine inmates, but only eight of them have scheduled execution dates, the earliest being Oct. 21. Plaintiffs Don Davis and Bruce Ward were to be executed that day.
Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, October 9, 2015
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