Supreme Court Spares Arkansas Death-Row Inmate

Bruce Ward and Don Davis

The original plan was to double the executions over four nights, prior to the state's supply of lethal injection drugs expired. The state Supreme Court on Monday had lifted a judge's order blocking the drug's use in executions, which the company had initially sought.

If granted approval Don Davis could be the first of several prisoners in the southeastern state executed in the next 10 days, an unprecedented pace.

Rutledge said the court's decision is "heartbreaking that the family of Jane Daniel has once again seen justice delayed", referring to the victim in Davis' case. But a series of legal challenges has spared the lives of both inmates and thrown the state's capital punishment process into chaos.

The state ruling also applied to Bruce Ward, an Arkansas prisoner whose execution, originally scheduled for Monday, was already the subject of an unrelated stay.

The remaining inmates who are to be put to death before the end of the month are expected to appeal the 8th circuit's decision to the Supreme Court as well. The executions of Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee are scheduled for April 20, but their attorneys are working to halt those as well. But the Republican governor says he was heartened by other court rulings Monday.

A major USA pharmaceutical firm sued Arkansas again over capital punishment on Tuesday, claiming prison officials fraudulently obtained a muscle relaxant to administer in several executions and demanding the drug in question be confiscated from the state.

Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment.

In a one-paragraph order released in the early morning hours Tuesday, the nation's highest court declined to lift Davis' stay of execution granted by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit
If they lose to Real Madrid again on Sunday, it would leave them six points behind their title rivals having played a game more. The three Italian defenders ensured legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had just one save to make all night at the Nou Camp.

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 execution would have been the first in Arkansas since 2005.

Who is Arkansas still scheduled to execute?

"It is understandable that the inmates are taking every step possible to avoid the sentence of the jury; however, it is the court's responsibility to administer justice and bring conclusion to litigation", Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

Lee, who is also black, was sentenced to death in 1993 for the murder of his neighbor, a white woman.

Braden said Ward is schizophrenic and Davis has organic brain damage and is intellectually disabled.

Meanwhile, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated April 17 a federal judge's preliminary stay of executions which had been handed down April 15. The court said it granted the stays due to McWilliams v. Dunn, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court involving the question of whether indigent defendants are entitled to independent expert witnesses. But the appeals court said the use of the method of execution, which includes midazolam, did not create undue severe pain. But at 11:45 p.m. CT, the Court ruled to keep the lower court's ruling in place, ensuring the execution would not happen. However, one of the stipulations is that the company cannot sell the drug to federal and state correctional facilities that engage in capital punishment.

Although the schedule narrowed as judges issued stays of execution, Hutchinson faced pressure to back away from his plans, and the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock was the scene of protests.

Related News:

  • Browns zeroing in on No. 1 overall pick in NFL draft

    Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: The guy is a freak, which leads us to a comparable NFL talent in Jevon "The Freak" Kearse. There is no premier quarterback in this draft, so the Browns can get the next best thing - a premier pass rusher.
    SC questions Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards

    SC questions Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards

    The Supreme Court today questioned the Centre's stand that Aadhar card should be made mandatory to file income tax returns. Is making Aadhaar mandatory only way to stop fraud, Supreme Court asks government.
    Canada minister they're looking forward to Trump trade talks

    Canada minister they're looking forward to Trump trade talks

    The ambassador's letter comes after Trump weighed-in on the dispute during a visit to a Kenosha manufacturing company Tuesday. Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, has pledged to renegotiate NAFTA to help US industry.
  • Arkansas Executes Inmate After Court Rulings Clear Obstacles

    Arkansas Executes Inmate After Court Rulings Clear Obstacles

    He was the first to die of eight inmates who had been scheduled for executions over 11 days starting last Tuesday. The company said it had been misled because the state had never said it planned to use the drug in executions.
    Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

    Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

    Athletes are required to be available for one hour each day for testing under global anti-doping regulations. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, athletes can not miss three tests in a 12-month period.
    Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey faces domestic violence probe

    Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey faces domestic violence probe

    A district attorney's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon. Overall, he's a good teammate.
  • American Express Company (AXP) Stock Is Charged and Ready to Go

    American Express Company (AXP) Stock Is Charged and Ready to Go

    The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link . Also, insider L Kevin Cox sold 77,006 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 25th.
    Patriots open season hosting Chiefs on Thursday Night Football

    Patriots open season hosting Chiefs on Thursday Night Football

    All in all, New England plays nine games in the 1 p.m. slot and five games in primetime, including the season opener. I guess that's a nice way of saying the Falcons could have doomed themselves with a Week 1 loss to the Patriots.
    Police Say Facebook Murder Suspect 'Shot And Killed Himself'

    Police Say Facebook Murder Suspect 'Shot And Killed Himself'

    The alert McDonald's drive-thru employee recognized Stephens while taking his order, and immediately dialed 911. A source close to Facebook says it has "thousands" of people reviewing content around the world.
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility in Paris Police Shooting Attack

    ISIS Claims Responsibility in Paris Police Shooting Attack

    According to French officials, the attacker had already served jail-time in 2000's for attacking police officials with a gun. National Front's Marine Le Pen was once a fringe candidate, but is now considered a front-runner in Sunday's election .
    Prosecutors: Man arrested over attack on German soccer team

    Prosecutors: Man arrested over attack on German soccer team

    The blast shattered the bus windows, and Spanish worldwide Marc Bartra, 26, underwent surgery after he was hit by flying glass. The bus of the BVB Borussia Dortmund football team was struck by three explosions.
    Gunfire sensors credited with swift arrest in deadly rampage

    Gunfire sensors credited with swift arrest in deadly rampage

    One of the three victims was shot at a bus stop near a Catholic Charities office and another was shot in the agency's parking lot. Fresno police said Muhammad, was also wanted in connection with the shooting of a security guard and has a criminal record.


Most liked

New James Bond movie sparks bidding war among five studios
EON and MGM own the rights to the James Bond films, but they do not distribute them. Now, MGM and EON are allegedly offering a one-film contract only.

President Aliyev offers condolences to Egyptian president
Al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency for the country, and ordered troops to help police secure public spaces. The Christian community has been a relatively strong supporter of the President since he came to power in 2013.

DR. STRANGE Director Summoning LOCKE & KEY Adaptation
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's creator-owned title Locke & Key has been ordered for a pilot by Hulu, according to Deadline . While the fan-favorite project was passed over, it was eventually screened as a one-off at Comic-Con 2014.

Has Angelina Jolie moved on from Brad Pitt to a 'British hottie'?
It was confirmed that Pitt's estate has been quiet since his breakup from Jolie because the children live and travel with her. On Wednesday, PEOPLE.com reported that a source close to the publication revealed that: "It's not anything serious".

Olympic champion Brianna Rollins banned for a year for anti-doping violations
The United States Anti-Doping Agency ( Usada ) says Rollins failed to properly file her whereabouts information for drug testers. As well as the eight out-of-competition tests, Rollins also passed all eight in-competition drug tests she took previous year .

Australia Plans To Tighten Rules For Citizenship
Budding Australian citizens would have to be competent English-language speakers and have been permanent residents for at least four years.

Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit
If they lose to Real Madrid again on Sunday, it would leave them six points behind their title rivals having played a game more. The three Italian defenders ensured legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had just one save to make all night at the Nou Camp.

Celtics Expect Thomas to Rejoin Team for Game Three
In Game 2 the margin was less drastic (43-38), but still apparent with the Bulls grabbing five more defensive rebounds. Well, the Bulls are coming home to the United Center for Game 3 on Friday night and Game 4 with a 2-0 series lead.

Mourinho expects the worst with Ibrahimovic, Rojo injuries
As extra time came, Marcus Rashford slotted past Martinez from a knockdown from Marouane Fellaini . Ibrahimovic was denied from close range, then saw penalty appeals waved away before he fired wide.

Patriots, Trump Slam NYT Over Tweet of Team Photos
And by " Trump's team", I mean the New England Patriots, whose owner, Robert Kraft , is a longtime Trump friend. Several members of the team will not attend the ceremony because of the man whose hand they would be shaking.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham highlights
With the home crowd on their side, the Black Cats managed to come back from one down in the first half with a goal by Khazri. The club's goal drought ended after 701 tortuous minutes when Wahbi Khazri's corner caught the win and flew in.

Cleveland Browns to play Minnesota Vikings in London October 29
The Steelers open the season with five-straight 1 p.m. games against Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore and Jacksonville. Also, for the second-straight year, and only the second time in team history, the Steelers will play on Christmas Day.

Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race
Leading presidential candidates have urged greater counterterrorism measures in a campaign already under a state of emergency. Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has shown solidarity with the policeman, who was killed in the shooting.

We can't order UK to return Kohinoor diamond, says Supreme Court
"We are quite surprised that such petitions are filed for properties that are in the United States and the United Kingdom". The gem is the subject of a historic ownership dispute and has been claimed by at least four countries, including India.

Terry to leave Chelsea but wants to keep playing
He won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League with Chelsea . Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it.