Prisons

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 15, 2017 - 4:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After barring Arkansas from executing eight inmates in rapid succession because of a dispute over how it obtained one of its execution drugs, Judge Wendell Griffen went to an anti-death penalty rally, where he made a stir by lying down on a cot and binding himself as though...
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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 15, 2017 - 4:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who temporarily barred the state from executing inmates sparked outrage among conservatives for participating in anti-death penalty rallies before and after he issued his ruling. Judge Wendell Griffen made a stir Friday by lying down on a cot and binding...
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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 15, 2017 - 12:45 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to execute six men by the end of April (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The state of Arkansas has appealed a federal judge's decision preventing it from executing several inmates before its supply of an execution drug expires at the end of the...
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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 15, 2017 - 11:53 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge dealt another 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 still hopes to begin the executions Monday...
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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 15, 2017 - 11:24 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge dealt another 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 still hopes to begin the executions Monday...
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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 15, 2017 - 10:36 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge dealt another 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 still hopes to begin the executions Monday...
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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 15, 2017 - 9:54 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday upended Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge prison procedures that could expose them to "severe pain." The state still hopes to begin the executions Monday and the...
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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 15, 2017 - 8:26 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday halted Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates before the end of the month. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates to block the executions. Arkansas was set to execute the first...
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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 15, 2017 - 8:21 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has halted Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute several inmates over an 11-day period starting next week. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Saturday granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates to block the executions. Arkansas was...
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This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Bruce Earl Ward, who has been scheduled for execution April 17, 2017. The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted the execution of Ward, one of two inmates facing lethal injection Monday under the state's multiple execution plan. Justices on Friday, April, April 14,2017, issued a stay in the execution of Bruce Ward, one of seven inmates the state plans to put to death before the end of the month. (Arkansas Department of Correction, via AP File)
April 14, 2017 - 9:19 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month fell apart further Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die...
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