Gov. Hutchinson Reacts to SCOTUS Stay of Execution


Arkansas' supply of one of those drugs, Midazolam, expires at the end of the month. That pace would have been unprecedented in the modern history of the US death penalty.

Rutledge was quick to respond to the Supreme Court's decision. They filed a separate petition for stays on Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court over a procedural matter.

Don William Davis would be dead by now if the state of Arkansas followed through on its plans.

The effort to proceed with the execution was headed by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who went to the US Supreme Court after the Arkansas Supreme Court imposed a stay.

Associate Justice Shawn Womack, writing in dissent, said Davis and Ward "had their day in court" and that the families are "entitled to closure and finality of the law".

In a statement, assistant federal defender Scott Braden praised the ruling.

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Ward and Davis's attorneys say their clients were denied access to independent experts even though both have forms of mental illness. "Mr. Davis has organic brain damage, intellectual disability, a history of head injuries, fetal alcohol syndrome, and other severe mental health conditions".

The men are claimed to have mental health problems, and the United States Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments next week in a case involving a defendant's right to access independent mental health experts during their tiral.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he was "disappointed" by the ruling.

In another case, Baker cancelled an April 18 hearing in which the lawyers for Marcel Williams, who is scheduled to be executed April 24, meant to argue that because of his obesity, Arkansas' lethal injection protocol is not likely to kill him and could cause organ damage.

The state has appealed both rulings and asked the higher courts to work quickly to review the decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court then opted not to lift the stay for Davis.

Two death row killers have been given stays of execution by judges in the USA state of Arkansas.

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The use of midazolam is controversial with opponents of the death penalty saying not effective at rendering the inmate unconscious.

Arkansas' plan to resume capital punishment after almost 12 years seemed on its way to being blocked by rulings related to the lethal drugs it wants to use, but in the end arguments over the inmates' mental health led to them being spared. Midazolam has been used in a number of high-profile botched executions, including instances where inmates did not appear to be fully sedated when they received the painful second and third drugs in the cocktail.

The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Saturday ruling by a federal judge that temporarily halted all eight executions.

At this point, yes, in five of the executions: for Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee, scheduled to die Thursday night; for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, set for lethal injection April 24; and for Kenneth Williams, scheduled for execution April 27. That order had effectively blocked all eight executions. A federal judge stayed the execution of Jason McGehee, who was sentenced to death in 1996 for killing 15-year-old John Melbourne Jr., earlier this month after a state parole board said the inmate's request to change his sentence to life in prison without parole had merit. The supplier said it refunded the state, which never returned the drug.

Justices reassigned any death penalty cases from Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen, who banned the state from using a lethal injection drug a supplier said was misleadingly obtained. He was spared from execution in 2010, reports MPR News.

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