Arkansas justices clear stops on lethal drug

They reverse halt order, reject two drugmakers’ petition


Photographs by Staton Breidenthal

Abe Bonowitz comforts Lynn Scott (second from left) outside the Cummins Unit during a vigil with Judy Johnson, Randy Gardner and other protesters shortly after all of the stays for Ledell Lee’s execution were exhausted late Thursday.

Three hours before Thursday's executions were scheduled to begin, the Arkansas Supreme Court vacated a lower-court ruling that had prevented the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide to stop the condemned inmates' breathing.

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RBear says...

No wonder I couldn't find the opinion on the order to vacate the stay. They never issued any details. Pretty chickin sh** of the AR Supremes, but it is within their right to not explain their reasoning. However, in looking at the state's case I can see the path to vacate. It was all about legal angles and the state had the angles in this case of deception by ADC. Of course, it's now going to make drug companies less likely to do business with the state, potentially creating problems for those inmates with legitimate medical needs. In other words, in the state's rush to kill it disregard the extended ramifications of its deception.
The bottom line is the state can lie about its intentions and get a free pass on its immunity claims. Yea, the darker side of "justice."

Posted 21 April 2017, 5:19 a.m. Suggest removal

DontDrinkDatKoolAid says...

I find no argument with your post RB, however bullet or rope may be the next instrument.

Posted 21 April 2017, 5:41 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

DDDKA, that's the interesting part of this issue. In one of the opinions by the 8th Circuit, they actually ruled out firing squad as an acceptable alternative as well as nitrogen hypoxia. Honestly, if we're going to execute folks we need to find a challenge-proof method that doesn't put us back in this situation. Hypothetical statement: Do you realize how much money was spent because Arkansas didn't have their protocol ready and solid?

Posted 21 April 2017, 7:39 a.m. Suggest removal

skeptic1 says...

I do not object to the death penalty on moral grounds but it's time to abolish it. Death penalty defendants are entitled to appeal (paid for by the taxpayer) all the way to the US Supreme Court which takes years and costs upward of a million dollars in legal fees over the usual 20 years. That is a complete waste of resources plus, there have been a disturbing number of death row inmates exonerated prior to their execution, we cannot justify putting to death even one innocent person. Let them rot in prison for life, that is far worse than death.

Posted 21 April 2017, 9:02 a.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

The state spends enough money that I doubt many businesses will voluntarily decide not to sell drugs to the the state. As for challenge proof, given how often this particular cocktail has been challenged in court, even after courts let it stand, I submit that there will no such thing. Interestingly, drugs that would be far more amenable (e.g pentobarb), are unavailable due to manufacturers restrictions in selling the drugs (due to court challenges and the resulting bad press). The inmates and lawyers, ironically, are essentially the reason this cocktail is used.

Posted 21 April 2017, 9:37 a.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

Glossip v. Gross. I thought this was all worked out with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted 21 April 2017, 9:51 a.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

I wonder if Lynn Scott was boo-hooing like that when she first found out about the victims of Ledell Lee?

Posted 21 April 2017, 10:09 a.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

Remember DAK said today that with all the wasted efforts , using DNA exonerates far less than are proven guilty. Since the odds are most are guilty, a few whoops I guess is worth it unless you are the "whoops". And the mantra of our tax money, well how will we pay to blow up stuff in other countries and then rebuild it to line some ILKS pockets if we spend money to save one innocent convicted killer.

Anyway we all die it is just a matter of when. Perhaps we can agree that the government that cant do anything right will just be left with only 2 certainties to overlord over on us......., to legislate our adult sex life and to kill inmates.

Did he have communion and was it good wine or mogan david 20 20

Posted 21 April 2017, 11:30 a.m. Suggest removal

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