The Arkansas Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for death row inmate Stacey Johnson Wednesday, who was one of two inmates scheduled to die Thursday evening.
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A 6th Judicial Court judge has ruled that the State of Arkansas can't use of one of the drugs used in the execution's three-drug cocktail. A third man has received a stay from a federal judge over issues with his clemency schedule.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is weighing her legal options in responding to the court's decision to stay Johnson's execution.
Davis was sentenced to death for the 1990 death of Jane Daniel in Rogers, Arkansas. The US Supreme Court is set to hold oral arguments in that case, McWilliams v. Dunn, on April 24. The Arkansas Supreme Court granted the stays in light of the pending federal case. Spokespersons for Fresenius Kabi and West-Ward told The Washington Post that they had "recently learned" that their medicines "might be used in Arkansas lethal injections".
Two court rulings dealt a blow to the USA state of Arkansas in its attempt to put to death seven inmates within days.
Neither of the men were put to death.
McKesson convinced a judge to place a temporary restraining order on the drug, but the company had its case dismissed after Baker blocked the executions. The manufacturer of this drug, McKesson Corporation, also claimed that the state bought it under false pretenses, by using the medical license of an Arkansas physician.
Their strategy to win stays of execution is in marked contrast to the first two inmates who faced the death chamber in Arkansas and were spared Monday by arguing they should not be put to death because of mental health issues.
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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. The supplier said it refunded the state, which never returned the drug.
Lawyers for the inmates were not immediately available after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Last week, a federal judge in Little Rock blocked the executions, citing concerns with the sedative midazolam that has been used in problematic executions in other states. The appellate judges wrote that "the equivocal evidence recited by the district court falls short of demonstrating a significant possibility that the prisoners will show that the Arkansas protocol is "sure or very likely" to cause severe pain and needless suffering".
One appellate judge dissented from the eighth circuit's decision.
"When I set the dates, I knew there could be delays in one or more of the cases, but I expected the courts to allow the juries' sentences to be carried out since each case had been reviewed multiple times by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which affirmed the guilt of each", Hutchinson said in a statement. "While this has been an exhausting day for all involved, tomorrow we will continue to fight back on last-minute appeals and efforts to block justice for the victims' families".
McKesson filed a complaint April 18 in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeking a restraining order and injunction to prevent the vecuronium it supplied from being used "for something other than a legitimate medical goal".
Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County circuit court Tuesday, 18 April. Williams was convicted of the 1994 killing of Stacy Errickson.
But unlike the earlier decisions, this stay came from a court that had shifted to the right in recent elections. Both won. But one of those justices voted to block the executions. Two more inmates, Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, are scheduled to die on April 24, while Kenneth Williams is slated for execution on April 27.