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The legal battle over Arkansas’ execution plans

April 18, 2017

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Two Arkansas inmates were granted stays of executions on Monday in an ongoing case concerning their lack of access to independent mental health experts, halting the state’s plan to begin carrying out executions.

A preliminary injunction was dissolved late Monday by a federal appeals court for a lawsuit arguing that the pace of the executions and the use of the drug midazolam were unconstitutional. The state had scheduled these executions in quick succession because its supply of midazolam, one of three drugs used in its procedure, is set to expire at the end of April.

In a separate case, an Arkansas judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday after two pharmaceutical companies argued that the state had obtained some of its lethal injection drugs under false pretenses.


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