Update, 5/17: J.W. Ledford Jr.’s request was denied, and he was put to death by lethal injection early Wednesday morning at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.
On Monday evening, at 7:25 p.m., Jack Jones was executed by lethal injection in Arkansas’s Cummins Unit. And just a few hours later, a second inmate, Marcel Williams, was put to death as well. Arkansas can now claim the grim distinction of carrying out the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000.
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch once wrote a book on the moral and ethical arguments surrounding the debate on assisted suicide and euthanasia. In that book, he argued against legalizing euthanasia by stating that human life is intrinsically valuable and intentional killing is always wrong.
On the morning of April 20, it seemed entirely possible that Ledell Lee would live to see another day. Lee, an Arkansas inmate on death row for murder since 1995, was scheduled to die that evening, but he had been granted a temporary reprieve, thanks to a court ruling barring Arkansas from using one of the drugs…
Arkansas’s horrific plan to execute eight men in two weeks met another roadblock Thursday night when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay in the execution of Ledell Lee.
The state of Arkansas was scheduled to execute eight of its Death Row inmates in 11 days, starting this week. As of Thursday, all eight of the executions have been put on hold. (UPDATE: The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with the state in a crucial ruling on Thursday. See more details below.)
The United States Supreme Court upheld the stay of an Arkansas inmate’s execution just hours before he was slated to die on Monday evening.
Last Friday—the same day he ruled to halt the use of a lethal chemical in a string of executions, effectively stopping them in their tracks—Judge Wendell Griffen of Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial Circuit strapped himself onto a gurney outside Governor Asa Hutchenson’s mansion, in protest of the death penalty.
Arkansas’ plans to hastily execute eight death row inmates in a period of less than two weeks before the expiration date of one of its sedative drugs was a horrific and insane plan to begin with.
White supremacist Dylann Roof has pleaded guilty to state murder charges in the Charleston, S.C., church massacre of nine black worshippers; in doing so, he is forgoing a second death-penalty trial.