Lower Court Order on Execution Drug Reversed by Ark. Supreme Court

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled to vacate a temporary restraining order (TRO) granted by a lower court on Friday against the state of Arkansas, which halted the use of one drug in the three-drug lethal injection execution process.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had filed the request before the court when the TRO was issued by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen, halting use of the state’s supply of midazolam.

The justices also took direct action against Judge Griffen by barring him from hearing any death penalty, execution or drug protocal cases. The decision follows Griffen’s protest Friday outside the Governor’s Mansion against the scheduled executions.

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