Arkansas officials ask courts to clear path for executions

Arkansas next plans to execute convicted murderers Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee on Thursday in a dual execution, something that has not occurred in the United States in 17 years.

An inmate set to die Thursday night is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to block his execution so he can pursue more DNA tests in hopes of proving his innocence. This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee.

The court voted Wednesday to halt the execution of an inmate facing lethal injection Thursday night, two days after justices stayed the executions of two other inmates.

In a filing Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge dismissed a request to the nation's high court from the death-row inmates as "nothing more than an attempt to prevent Arkansas from carrying out [their] executions decades after [they] brutally took the lives of young mothers, children, and men who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time". "It is inconceivable that this court, with the facts and the law well established, stays these executions over speculation that the (U.S.) Supreme Court might change the law". The US Supreme Court is set to hold oral arguments in that case, McWilliams v. Dunn, on April 24. The reporting on these drugs shows that all three drugs used in Arkansas' lethal injection cocktail are implicated in legal battles.

Gray's ruling mirrors one last week from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who also blocked Arkansas from using the vecuronium bromide.

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The inmates claim in their request Wednesday that such a compressed schedule "is contrary to the evolving standards of decency".

Lawyers for the state said earlier this month that the prisoners know the state's supply a sedative that's part of its execution plan expires April 30 and that it would be "impossible" to execute the prisoners because "Arkansas has no source of midazolam" beyond that already in stock. The company said it would suffer harm financially and to its reputation if the executions were carried out. McKesson Corp. says the state obtained the drug under false pretenses and that it wants nothing to do with executions.

The last time two executions were attempted in one night was in 2014 in Oklahoma, when prison staff bungled the first and the state called off the second one. The state did ask the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay granted to Davis, but the high court's last-minute refusal ensured he would not enter the death chamber Monday. The Arkansas circuit judge temporarily blocked the state from using one of its drugs, vecuronium bromide, a paralytic used in prisons for lethal injections (and for other purposes elsewhere).This ruling came after McKesson, a distributor of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, filed a complaint alleging that the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) "intentionally sought to circumvent McKesson's policies by claiming that the drug would only be used for medical reasons in a health facility".

The company said that ADC placed the order for the drug over the phone and never disclosed that the drug was to be used for executions.

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