Judiciary

April 18, 2017 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected efforts to reinstall in the Capitol a painting some lawmakers and police groups found offensive. David Pulphus, a student artist from Missouri, and Rep. William Clay, his Democratic congressional representative, had sued Architect of the Capitol...
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This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 9:12 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly 12 years with a ruling sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 12:52 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 11:50 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Arkansas' request to lift a stay that would have allowed the state to conduct its first execution in nearly a dozen years...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 9:41 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas raced against the clock to get U.S. Supreme Court approval to execute a convicted killer Monday but backed off putting another inmate to death as part of what had been a plan to carry out double executions on four nights before the state's supply of a lethal injection...
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This photo provided by Sherry Simon shows Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part of an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion Friday, April 14, 2017 in Little Rock, Ark. Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide after a company said it had sold the drug to the state for medical purposes, not capital punishment. Local media outlets had tweeted photos and video of Griffen appearing to mimic an inmate strapped to a gurney at the demonstration. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said she planned to file an emergency request with the state Supreme Court to vacate Griffen's order, saying Griffen shouldn't handle the case. (Sherry Simon via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 9:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge who lay on a cot as though he were a death row inmate on a gurney after issuing an order halting Arkansas' multiple execution plan was barred Monday from taking up any capital punishment-related cases and referred to a disciplinary panel. The state Supreme Court...
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This photo provided by Sherry Simon shows Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part of an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion Friday, April 14, 2017 in Little Rock, Ark. Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide after a company said it had sold the drug to the state for medical purposes, not capital punishment. Local media outlets had tweeted photos and video of Griffen appearing to mimic an inmate strapped to a gurney at the demonstration. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said she planned to file an emergency request with the state Supreme Court to vacate Griffen's order, saying Griffen shouldn't handle the case. (Sherry Simon via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 9:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge who lay on a cot as though he were a death row inmate on a gurney after issuing an order halting Arkansas' multiple execution plan was barred Monday from taking up any capital punishment-related cases and referred to a disciplinary panel. The state Supreme Court...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 8:48 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — State and federal courts lifted the two primary obstacles Arkansas faced in its plan to execute eight inmates before the end of April, but the state backed away from legal efforts to carry out one of the first two lethal injections scheduled Monday night. The decisions from the...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Arkansas Supreme Court has lifted an order that effectively blocked the state's plan to execute eight men by the end of the month, but a stay remains in...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:23 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will allow the executions of two inmates to proceed, saying the victims' families have...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 7:22 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared one of several legal obstacles Arkansas faced in its already undermined plan to execute eight inmates before the end of April, but the effort remained in limbo as state officials fought other rulings halting the executions. The decision...
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