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Split Supreme Court allows condemned inmates' competency challenges to go forward

The Arkansas Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision today reversed a lower court and said Death Row inmate Bruce Ward could challenge the state's process for determining whether he is competent to be executed.
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Arkansas Supreme Court lifts stay of Bruce Ward's execution

The Arkansas Supreme Court today, in a 5-2 decision, rejected Death Row inmate Bruce Ward's argument that he was entitled to the assistance of an independent psychiatrist in his defense.It lifted a stay of execution issued April 14, the day he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.

Two death row inmates call for state Supreme Court to reconsider mental health evaluation

The Arkansas State Supreme Court today heard arguments from two inmates on why a U.S. Supreme Court rolin

U.S. Supreme Court ruling for condemned Alabama inmate may affect Arkansas cases

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Alabama case likely helps two Arkansas Death Row inmates.

Supreme Court hears arguments in case that led to stays for two Arkansas death row inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an appeal yesterday that asks the court to rule that indigent criminal defendants are entitled to an independent expert witness. The case, McWilliams v. Dunn, goes back to the 1984 capital murder conviction of James McWilliams, who raped and murdered a woman in Tuscaloosa, Ala., during a robbery. But the high court's decision will also directly affect the fates of Don Davis and Bruce Ward, Arkansas death row prisoners who were slated to die this month, but given a reprieve by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which issued a stay in each execution, pending the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McWilliams in June.

State Supreme Court blocks executions of two inmates

The Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked the executions of the two men who were scheduled to be put to death tonight.

UPDATE: State Supreme Court has not yet acted Ward execution stay

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state's request to lift the stay the Court put on the execution of Bruce Ward, who was scheduled to die today.

Attorney general continues to press for death of inmate with mental issues

Despite the current federal injunction on executions, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge continues to litigate around the clock to keep other doors open to state killing as much as possible.

Arkansas Supreme Court stays execution of Bruce Ward

The Arkansas Supreme Court today stayed the execution of Bruce Ward.

State Supreme Court takes challenge of execution on mental ground

The Arkansas Supreme Court today accepted an appeal by Bruce Ward, scheduled to be killed by the state Monday, of a separate action arguing that mental disabilities should bar his executions.

Arkansas Supreme Court issues rulings in death cases; for now, no change in schedule

The Arkansas Supreme Court refused one Death Row inmate's procedural petition and granted two others in decisions released today. None altered the schedule of seven executions set to begin Monday.

Two condemned prisoners seek delay for Supreme Court ruling on mental issues

Death Row inmates Bruce Ward and Don Davis have asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to stop their executions until the U.S. Supreme Court can decide a case over adequate consideration of mental state of people sentenced to death.