9 Death Row Inmates Turn to U.S. Supreme Court, Request Emergency Stays of Execution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- - (via KARK) -- Nine death row inmates, including the two slated for execution Thursday, filed an emergency application to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday for a stay of execution.
 
The inmates argue the state’s execution drug protocol would cause cruel and unusual punishment, violating their 8th Amendment rights. In the past, a federal judge in Little Rock agreed with them, but the 8th Circuit Court overturned that.
 
The inmates argue the 8th Circuit Court doesn’t seem to follow the precedent set by other judicial proceedings, so they want the Supreme Court to consider their case.
 
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office filed a 33-page response in opposition to the inmates' application, calling the application another attempt to manipulate the judicial process.
 
The response wrote that the latest stay requests are "...nothing more than an attempt to prevent Arkansas from carrying out Petitioners' executions decades after Petitioners brutally took the lives of young mothers, children, and men who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
 
Rutledge's office says they are clear murderers and deserve to be put to death. The office called for both the writ and the stay application to be denied.


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