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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arkansas: Executions Delayed Indefinitely

The State Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed indefinitely the scheduled executions of eight prisoners who challenged a law that kept secret some information about lethal injection drugs. 

In a ruling that indicated disagreement among the justices, the court said the inmates had raised “bona fide constitutional claims” that would not be settled before Wednesday, when two prisoners were to be put to death. 

A Pulaski County judge had issued a similar stay, but the Supreme Court said he lacked the authority to do so. 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, in a statement after Tuesday’s decision, said it was “unfortunate that this further delays justice for the victims.”

Source: The New York Times, Alan Blinder, October 20, 2015

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