Judge disputes state's request for extraordinary actions in execution case | Arkansas Blog

Friday, October 16, 2015

Judge disputes state's request for extraordinary actions in execution case

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, through his attorney, has filed a response to the state's request that the Supreme Court act on an emergency basis to overturn Griffen's temporary restraining order that halted the scheduled executions of eight Death Row inmates.

Griffen said the unusual writs of certiorari or mandamus sought by the state are reserved for cases where lower courts have acted outside their jurisdiction or in facially inappropriate ways. Griffen said the state has available a conventional appeal procedure available. He also disputed the state's argument that his order is more like an injunction because it  will be considered at a hearing in March. He said the scheduling was a result of his discretionary docket management and because attorneys hadn't completed discovery of evidence in the case.



The judge noted that the state was  aware of this lawsuit months before execution dates were set and he speculated that an effort to short-circuit the proceeding could have been a reason the governor set the dats.

The condemned men argue that the state is violating an agreement in an earlier suit by making secret information about the drugs to be used in executions. They want to be certain they are from reputable sources and of acceptable quality.

The inmates have also asked the Supreme Court to reject the state's effort to revive the execution schedule. They argue, much as the judge did, that the state is trying to avoid judicial review of the new secret process.

Tags: , , ,


Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Presidential thriller, co-author Bill Clinton, coming to bookstores in 2018

    June 2018 is the expected publication date for a novel collaboration by former President Bill Clinton and crime writer James Patterson.
    • May 9, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation