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    Stay denied by Arkansas Supreme Court: https://twitter.com/Marci_Manley/sta...23236190916608

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    Expect a long night if heading towards SCOTUS and Justice Alito.

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas’ efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local):

    5:40 p.m.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied another stay request from a condemned killer facing execution Thursday night.

    Justices on Thursday denied the request to halt the planned execution of Ledell Lee. Lee and Stacey Johnson had been scheduled to die Thursday night, but the state canceled plans to execute Johnson in the face of legal challenges. Lee has at least one stay request pending in a federal appeals court.

    The ruling was the third stay request for Lee denied by the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday.
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on Arkansas’ efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local):

    5:45 p.m.

    A state prison official says an Arkansas inmate set for execution Thursday night declined a last meal and instead received communion.

    Inmate Ledell Lee is scheduled for execution at the Cummins Unit in southeast Arkansas. There are no stays blocking his execution, but he has several legal challenges pending.

    Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says Lee received communion Thursday afternoon instead of having a last meal.
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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
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    Arkansas Seeks To Carry Out Its First Execution In More Than A Decade

    WASHINGTON — Arkansas officials prepared Thursday evening to carry out the state's first execution in more than a decade — but three court orders have pushed back the scheduled execution as courts consider last-minute requests to stop it.

    Ledell Lee, convicted in the 1993 murder of Debra Reese, remained uncertain of his fate into the night, as an appeals court considered a last-minute request in his case that led to a delay in his scheduled execution.

    Justice Samuel Alito also issued a temporary stay so that the US Supreme Court could consider last-minute applications for a stay of execution.

    The second scheduled Thursday execution in Arkansas was stayed by a Wednesday ruling.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court halted the scheduled execution of Stacey Eugene Johnson, convicted in the 1993 murder of Carol Heath, on Wednesday. A motion for reconsideration was denied Thursday, and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she will not seek US Supreme Court review at this time.

    The state's high court also, however, stayed a lower court's injunction on Thursday afternoon that was preventing the state from being able to use one of the three drugs it uses in its execution protocol. The move allowed the state to move forward with preparations for Thursday night's scheduled execution of Lee.

    The execution — initially scheduled for 7 p.m. CT — would be the first carried out in the state since November 2005. A reporter from TVH-11 in Little Rock noted that witnesses were being taken in vans to the execution site from the holding area a little past 6 p.m. in preparation for the execution.

    Moments before that happened, however, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a temporary stay of execution until 8:15 p.m. CT to consider a pending appeal relating to his ability to show that he has an intellectual disability. Arkansas opposes that stay request.

    At 8:15 p.m. CT, the US Supreme Court — Justice Samuel Alito, specifically, stepped in — issuing a stay of execution for Lee until 9:30 p.m. ET "or pending further order of the undersigned [Alito] or of the Court, whichever is later."

    Moments later, the Eighth Circuit extended its stay until 9:15 p.m. CT.

    Johnson and Lee were scheduled to be executed Thursday — the second of four days this month Arkansas has scheduled two executions to take place.

    The Wednesday order halting Johnson's execution on a DNA-related claim was issued by a now-familiar 4-3 split of the state high court. Justices Karen Baker, Shawn Womack, and Rhonda Wood dissented. The same 4-3 division stayed the executions of both men due to be executed on Monday of this week.

    A similar request was filed at the Arkansas Supreme Court by the second man scheduled for execution on Thursday, Ledell Lee, but the Arkansas Supreme Court denied that and two other requests on Thursday afternoon. In response, lawyers for Lee filed a lawsuit in federal district court, seeking a stay of execution and a ruling that Arkansas' DNA testing statute, as construed by the Arkansas Supreme Court, is unconstitutional.

    In addition, though, multiple federal appeals are pending on issues relating to the state's use of the sedative midazolam in its three-drug protocol, the clemency process being used by the state in conjunction with the April scheduled executions, and the timing of the executions themselves. Those appeals are pending at the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the US Supreme Court.

    The Eighth Circuit, in a 7-1 decision, rejected the clemency process appeal on Thursday evening.

    Later Thursday evening, the Supreme Court rejected stay requests in three different petitions brought previously by multiple Arkansas death-row inmates — although one of them, coming out of the case challenging the state's use of midazolam in its protocol as a violation of the Eighth Amendment, prompted the four liberal justices to dissent from the court's stay denial.

    Two of the justices — Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor — wrote separately in dissent to express their frustration both with the state's process and the court's inaction in the case.

    Three additional requests to the Supreme Court seeking a stay for Lee were filed Thursday evening, and the four inmates involved in the clemency process appeal at the Eighth Circuit — including Lee — are seeking Supreme Court review of that case and stays of execution.

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in February ordered the executions to be scheduled before the end of April. The scheduling was necessary, the state has acknowledged, because the state's midazolam supply expires at the end of the month.

    In addition to the pending federal appeals, however, a state trial court judge, Circuit Judge Alice Gray, issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday preventing the state from using the vecuronium bromide it purchased from McKesson Medical-Surgical in its executions.

    The vecuronium bromide is the second of three drugs used in the state's protocol. (Potassium chloride is the third drug in the state's protocol.) The company claims the state purchased the vecuronium bromide under false pretenses. McKesson contractually bars drugs it sells from being used in executions.

    Gray found that the state acted in bad faith and that the company is likely to succeed in its lawsuit. As such, she granted the TRO — at the hearing on Wednesday and in a written order issued a little before noon Thursday. Without the use of the drug, Arkansas would not be able to carry out executions unless it obtains a replacement drug for its protocol.

    Rutledge's office filed its notice of appeal with Gray's court 15 minutes later. Before the written order was even filed, however, the state asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to step in. Once the written order was filed, the state asked for an emergency stay of that order. McKesson opposed the requests.

    After quick briefing from both sides, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay of the injunction — meaning the state can use the execution drugs — while the appeal is heard.

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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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