Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute 8 inmates in 11 days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge dealt a serious blow Saturday to Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge a drug protocol that could expose them to “severe pain.”

The state appealed U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker’s order hours later, hoping to follow through with its planned executions, with the first scheduled for Monday. Arkansas’ supply of one of its three lethal injection drugs, midazolam, expires April 30 and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he wants to use the drugs before they spoil.

Manufacturers object to states using their drugs in executions, and the Arkansas Department of Corrections said in previous court filings that it doesn’t have a way of obtaining more of the sedative midazolam. A drug supplier, meanwhile, asked a state judge to lift a temporary restraining order preventing Arkansas from using a paralyzing drug, vecuronium bromide, and sought to drop its lawsuit claiming Arkansas obtained the drug under false pretenses.

Another federal judge and the state Supreme Court had already granted stays to two of the eight inmates, reducing the number of planned executions to six within an 11-day period. If Arkansas had proceeded with its original plan to execute eight inmates in double executions on four days, it would have been the most people put to death by a state in that timeframe since the U.S. Supreme Court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976. Only Texas has executed six inmates in less time.

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Climax says:

    OK, pain? Who cares? Just put a bullet in their heads. A 22 bullet costs about a quarter each. No pain, just dead, then charge their family for the bullet.

  • Barrustio says:

    Why not shoot em?

  • Mike N says:

    Who cares if the prisoners incur pain assuming they got the death sentence for a heinous act causing pain to their victims. Give them the electric chair, hanging or the firing squad. That fear may make other criminals think twice.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal says:

    Why don’t they, or why can’t they use the same sort of drug that they use on animals? This drug is very quick.

    1. FIRE1949 says:

      Unfortunately, I have seen three large canine euthanasias. In all three cases, at no time did the animals seem to be in any pain from the drugs. What was painful was the owners’ reactions as they held their dying pets.
      I would think an “overdose” of heroin or cocaine would be painless, and the prison systems could get those drugs out of any major city’s police property rooms.
      However, I don’t care if a human criminal suffers for committing heinous crimes.

      1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

        agreed !!!

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  • teaman says:

    How is it that we have so many federal judges dictating what liberal idiots desire over states rights. This crap has got to stop. These 8 pieces of slime-y trash have already lived to long. I just love the pet, pamper, and appease ideology of the perverted bleeding heart, left don’t you?

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