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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 01:14

Supreme Court denies Arkansas' request to conduct execution

Written by  Fox News

The Supreme Court rejected Arkansas’ request to lift a stay late Monday that would allowed the state to conduct its first execution since 2005.

Justices turned down Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s request to vacate a stay for Don Davis, who was set to die Monday night by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years Davis has come within hours of execution before the courts intervened.

Arkansas had planned to execute eight inmates before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision. But the Republican governor said he was heartened by other court rulings earlier Monday that could pave the way for the state to execute several more inmates before the end of the month.

“While this has been an exhausting day for all involved, tomorrow we will continue to fight back on last minute appeals and efforts to block justice for the victims' families,” Hutchinson said.

Rutledge noted that there are five upcoming executions "with nothing preventing them from occurring."

Earlier, the Arkansas Supreme Court granted stays for Davis and Bruce Ward.

Davis and Ward wanted stays of execution while the U.S.

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Why don't they go back to the old electric chair or a shooting squad? I know, I know, it is PC or not "gentle"
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This is very "crappy" (sorry) news reporting. Why did not the writer make it very clear from the start that it was the Arkansas Supreme Court and not the US Supreme Court (as I thought). I cannot stand this type of journalism. Why does a person have to read two or three times to glean the truth. I have no opinion on the injections. As a Christian I pray to Jesus that both go to Him and repent for their sins (crimes) and ask forgiveness and salvation. Art LeBeau, Villa Ridge, MO (Christian & Conservative)

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Deplorable Lanie Written by Deplorable Lanie
April 18, 2017
I think what the article meant was that the US Supreme Court would not lift the stay that the Arkansas Supreme Court had put on the executions. I too agree, it was a little confusing and it took me reading it twice before I got it!
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Arthur LeBeau Written by Arthur LeBeau
April 18, 2017
You are correct. I went to the Guardian and read a much more detailed explanation of exactly what occurred. It is hard for me to understand why writers can't write and explain the "truth" without a reader having to "guess" at what he just read.
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Arthur LeBeau Written by Arthur LeBeau
April 18, 2017
Doggone I forgot to add: who is the woman at the top of the article? Is she one of the judges in Arkansas or the Federal Circuit Court? Thanks as I also probably missed this in the article.
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The families of the victims need justice. These criminals did not give any justice to anyone when they committed the crimes so why justice for them now??? The federal government should NOT interfere because this is a case for the state and the people who represent that state...duh.... When the government wins, the people lose. amen

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Roberto Benitez Written by Roberto Benitez
April 18, 2017
You say, "The federal government should NOT interfere because this is a case for the state and the people who represent that state...." Well, what do you think the FEDERAL government did?

The SCOTUS refused to hear the Arkansas state appeal from the Arkansas State supreme court thus leaving the STATE supreme court ruling in place. That STATE ruling halted the executions over the issue of the drugs used for execution. In other words, the SCOTUS left the STATE supreme court ruling intact by not hearing the case.

Now, are you claiming that the SCOTUS interfered in the Arkansas case by NOT interfering in the Arkansas case decided by the Arkansas judges who represent the people of Arkansas in the Arkansas legal system? Please explain your reasoning.

By the way, I favor the death penalty. However, in the past it's been proven that a number of innocent people have been executed. There was no evidence of that in these particular cases. But I favor a law that'd say any police officer, detective, lab tech, prosecutor, or judge who plants or fakes evidence or withholds exculpatory evidence should face the same sentence their victim faced, up to and including execution. Would you agree to that?

I thought that was a states right to determine the execution schedule not the Federal Govt. I also thought that the President was for the states to have more self determination as long s it did not interfere with Federal Laws.

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Ted Wark Written by Ted Wark
April 18, 2017
If I understand it correctly it was NOT the U.S. Supreme Court which stayed the execution, but the Arkansas Supreme Court.
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Richard Donahue Written by Richard Donahue
April 18, 2017
Your right and most Arkansans I know are for the death penalty I hope in the near future we can replace these liberal justices in my state of Arkansas. Go Asa!
Roberto Benitez Written by Roberto Benitez
April 18, 2017
You're right, and THAT'S what happened. The SCOTUS refused to hear the case, thus leaving the Arkansas state supreme court ruling intact. Also, the President made no comments on the merits of the case not should he have.
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Vern Stires Written by Vern Stires
April 18, 2017
My mistake Thank you I stand corrected. That would make more sense but the article wasn't clear on that point.

For every inmate that they deny an execution for, turn them over to the federal government.
Arkansas should not have to pay for people who should be dead.

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Roberto Benitez Written by Roberto Benitez
April 18, 2017
All the SCOTUS did was refuse to hear the appeal against the ARKANSAS supreme court ruling, thus leaving the issue up to the Arkansas legal and political system.

Your misconception is the result of a poorly written article, especially extremely article title.

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