Arkansas Supreme Court lets state use execution drug; SCOTUS rejects inmate’s stay requests
On Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals that would have halted the execution of Ledell Lee, the Associated Press reported.
The justices voted 5-4 to reject the appeals, and new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch voted with the majority, according to AP. More appeals are expected, however.
The on-again off-again attempts by Arkansas to execute multiple death row inmates were off Wednesday evening after two court actions halted a plan to carry out two of the death sentences Thursday.
In a sweeping decision Wednesday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray put the execution of Ledell Lee on hold, ruling that the prison cannot use its supply of vecuronium bromide, a paralytic that is part of the three-drug mixture used by the state for lethal injections. McKesson Corp. argued that the prison system had deceived the company by saying the drug was to be used for medicinal reasons.
As carried in ABA on 21.4.2017