State seeks dismissal of Death Row inmate's claim of incompetency | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

State seeks dismissal of Death Row inmate's claim of incompetency

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked a state court in Jefferson County to dismiss Death Row inmate Jack Greene's petition to stop his Nov. 9 execution because he is mentally incompetent.

Rutledge said the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that the Department of Correction is properly allowed to decide competency for execution and has done so in this case. She said state and federal courts have previously held Greene competent.

Attorneys for Greene said his long confinement in solitary conditions and inadequate treatment have worsened his condition. But Rutledge said Greene had, among other shortcomings, waited too long to make a civil rights claim and, besides, courts have ruled long incarceration on Death Row is not an argument for a death sentence reprieve. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is considering a clemency request. Greene has objected to his attorney's attempt to win a reprieve from his death sentence. He beat a Johnson County pastor to death more than 25 years ago.

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