Arkansas’ Executions Are Temporary Halted By Flurry Ruling

Arkansas was ready to execute the men in an 11-day span starting Monday. The executions drew critics from death penalty opponents who said it was cruel and unusual punishment and increased the likelihood of a botched execution.

The U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker decided to grant a preliminary injunction that was requested by the inmates to block the executions. Judge Baker made the decision on Saturday, she ruled that there is a significant possibility that the men could successfully challenge the state’s execution protocol.

On Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order preventing Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide. The drug is used in the state’s lethal injection.

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