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Eighth Circuit affirms Ark. death row inmate can sue state officials over DNA tests

A three-judge panel rejected arguments from Arkansas state officials that they could not be sued by a prisoner on death row, Stacey Eugene Johnson.
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Federal judge upholds state's execution protocol

The state's three-drug execution protocol has again been cleared by a federal judge.
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Death Row inmate had blade in cell, was facing discipline for use of banned substance when suicide attempted

Details were released today on an apparent suicide attempt July 12 by Death Row inmate Don Davis.

Rickey Dale Newman freed from prison after years on Death Row

Rickey Dale Newman, on Death Row for more than 15 years, walked out of prison a free man about 2 p.m. this afternoon after charges against him were dropped.
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Death row inmates create literary project "Spoken Pen"

Death row inmates created a self-directed literary project called "Spoken Pen" to share their stories.

Waiting to die. An account from Death Row

Ibby Caputo, who contributed to our coverage of the legislature this year, has written an article for Slate about Morgan Holladay's experience as a spiritual helper to Jack Jones, one of four men executed in Arkansas last month.
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UPDATE Attorneys for Ledell Lee argue they should be allowed to locate, test DNA evidence collected in 1993 as part of innocence claim

In a hearing this afternoon before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright, attorneys for death row inmate Ledell Lee argued that they should be allowed to locate evidence collected prior to his arrest in 1993, including a single hair and a Converse shoe with a pinhead-sized spot of human blood on it, for modern DNA testing. They hope testing can prove Lee's innocence by showing that the African-American hair found at the crime scene belongs to someone other than Lee, and that the speck of blood found on Lee's shoe does not belong to the victim in the case.

ACLU files for stay of execution for Ledell Lee

The ACLU has taken over the representation of death row inmate Ledell Lee, currently scheduled to be executed on Thursday, and today filed for a stay of execution.
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State urges 8th Circuit to override execution stay

This morning, attorneys for the state filed a reply brief to the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in response to an argument from attorneys for the men scheduled to be executed over 11 calendar days beginning today. The state wants the Eighth Circuit to override a stay of the executions granted by U.S. Judge Kristine Baker over the weekend.

Death Row inmates argue to keep stay of execution in place; urge 8th Circuit not to 'rush' analysis

Early this morning, attorneys for nine Death Row inmates, filed an argument with the 8th United States Court of Appeals contesting the state's effort to override Judge Kristine Baker's order Saturday that halted executions scheduled this month.
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Death row inmates' federal lawsuit, day four

Attorneys and experts ventured deep into the weeds of the available medical literature on the drug midazolam today in federal court, where they are arguing for and against a federal lawsuit brought by Arkansas death row prisoners seeking to make the case that the state's abbreviated execution schedule — which would see seven men executed this month — would violate the Eighth Amendment and their right to effective counsel. Midazolam is a sedative that is the first of a three-drug cocktail the state plans to use to execute seven inmates this month. Today is the final day of four days of hearings in the matter.

Death row inmates' federal lawsuit, day three

Another late night for attorneys arguing for and against a federal lawsuit brought by Arkansas death row prisoners seeking to make the case that the state's abbreviated execution schedule — which would see eight men executed this month — would violate the Eighth Amendment and their right to effective counsel.  The hearing continued past 6 p.m. tonight before U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker at the Federal Courthouse in Little Rock, and resumes for a final day tomorrow at 9 a.m. In February, Governor Asa Hutchinson scheduled double executions for each of four nights, April 17, 20, 24 and 27.
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