Arkansas executions continue legal limbo after state supreme court & federal appeals rulings

Arkansas executions continue legal limbo after state supreme court & federal appeals rulings

The start of a series of executions in Arkansas has been disrupted. The state supreme court kept two death row inmates alive Monday, but a federal appeals court overturned a lower court's halt on eight lethal injections planned for the next 10 days.

On Monday evening, the Arkansas Supreme Court continued its stay on the executions of Bruce Ward and Don Davis, who were scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday after 7:00pm local time. They would have been the first to be judicially killed in a series of eight executions initially scheduled to happen over the next 10 days.

The US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit also ruled Monday, but in favor of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Ruttledge, who sought a reversal of a lower federal district courtís stay on all eight executions.

Arkansas is in a rush to execute eight inmates, some of whom have been on death row for decades, because its lethal injection cocktail is running up against an expiration date. The sedative midazolam, which is the first of three drugs issued in the process, is set to expire at the end of April.

Rutledge announced her win on Twitter and followed up by vowing to appeal the stateís supreme court ruling to the US Supreme Court.

I will appeal Bruce Ward and Don Davis' stays of execution granted by the State Supreme Court to #SCOTUS this evening. #arpx#ARExecutions

ó Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) April 17, 2017



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