U.S. SUPREME COURT LET STAND THE STAYS FOR DON DAVIS AND BRUCE WARD
April 17, 2017:
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the stays for Don Davis and Bruce Ward. (Source: arkansasonline.com, 17/04/2017)
The stays were issued a few hours before by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The high court's order offered no explanation, but none of the justices voted in favor of lifting the stay.
Monday marked the first day that the U.S. Supreme Court was in session with new Justice Neil Gorsuch on the bench. The state decided not to challenge the stay for Ward, but is appealing the stay for Davis.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who had set the schedule of multiple executions, said the state would continue to push for the other lethal injections to be carried out.
Two inmates are set to be put to death on Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling came hours after the state had cleared two of the main obstacles to resuming executions. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge's ruling blocking the executions over the use of midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states.
The state Supreme Court also lifted a lower court ruling preventing the state from using another lethal injection drug that a supplier said was sold to be used for medical purposes, not executions.