Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen placed a temporary restraining order on the state's ability to use the second drug in its lethal injection protocol - vecuronium bromide.
The state's director of the department of corrections, Wendy Kelly, disputed the charge in testimony on Thursday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the secrecy law helped Arkansas find its new supplies, but officials won't say how.
McKesson, the pharmaceutical company, is seeking to drop its lawsuit and vacate the temporary restraining order against its drug after Baker's temporary injunction, but it plans to bring its lawsuit up again if the 8th Circuit dismissed the stay. Supporters have said it is effective, and the U.S. Supreme Court has authorized its use.
Arkansas' attorney general says she will seek an "immediate review" of a state Supreme Court decision that halted two executions set for Monday, though several other legal obstacles remain for the state to carry out its plan.
Three Arkansas justices dissented, with Associate Justice Shawn Womack writing that Ward and Davis "had their day in court, the jury spoke, and decades of appeals have occurred".
Court orders have stopped Arkansas from executing eight men by lethal injection in 11 days, ruling that one of the drugs used could result in the killings being cruel and unusual punishment.
The story of the Arkansas eight - Bruce Earl Ward, Don William Davis, Stacey E Johnson, Ledell Lee, Jack Harold Jones Jr, Marcel Williams, Jason F McGehee and Kenneth Williams - is now a key strand of the broader death penalty debate.
Meanwhile, the Arkansas Supreme Court also barred a state judge who blocked the multiple execution plan from taking up any death penalty related cases after he participated in a protest where he appeared to mimic a death row inmate about to receive a lethal injection. Lawyers for the inmates had raised questions about their mental competency. The state has appealed that ruling to the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which had not weighed in as of mid-afternoon.
Ward's attorneys have argued he is a diagnosed schizophrenic with no rational understanding of his impending execution.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted the inmates stays of execution on Saturday, but she rejected their arguments that too little time between executions violated their constitutional rights. He ran twice unsuccessfully for state Supreme Court - including a bid for chief justice in 2004. The governor was monitoring the courts and planned to visit with the attorney general and Arkansas Department of Correction leaders to discuss any next steps.
"138 people have been released from death row in the USA following a review of their convictions, it is something which has been used to kill innocent people in the past". The high court did not cite any reason for the stay.
The lawyers said it was wrong for Baker to write that the inmates "did not establish a significant possibility of success on the merits on their claim that the compressed execution schedule is contrary to the evolving standards of decency".
The defense answered Monday morning with a new brief, urging the St. Louis-based 8th Circuit to take its time in considering its opinion.
But Rutledge and her staff of more than 70 attorneys worked all day Saturday to overturn those decisions and the state has filed an appeal for each one.
On Saturday, Hutchinson issued a statement on the latest legal wrangling: "I understand how hard this is on the victims' families, and my heart goes out to them", he said.
Russian Federation blamed the West for supporting rebel groups, which it says are terrorists. "Definitely, 100 percent for us. In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse, he said "there was no order to make any attack".
A working phone number couldn't immediately be located for him, and it wasn't clear whether he has an attorney who could comment. A Georgia police officer was sacked Thursday, less than 24 hours after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head.
Bayern was without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. Ronaldo scored the first goal of the tournament since September 2016 just two minutes into the second half.
About 5,000 Palestinians are in Israeli prisons, a number which has grown in the past 18 months after a wave of violence. He added that the number is expected to increase in the following days, according to the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).
Bamberger's lawyers also argued that any damages awarded to the protesters in the case should be paid by Trump or his campaign. Trump could be heard saying "get 'em out of here" from the stage at that rally.
All 16,000 residents of Fuaa and Kafraya are expected to leave, heading to Aleppo, the coastal province of Latakia, or Damascus. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, according to the Associated Press.
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The Italian scored two minutes after replacing the concussed Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch while being given oxygen. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku struck three minutes later for his 24th league goal this season. "Four points is still a lot".
In a bid to stop this practice, YouTube is banning channels from displaying ads until they have managed to hit 10,000 views . It also said that they will be employing more staff to do fact checks manually rather than wait for people to flag them.
The latest craze featured April the Giraffe , an online sensation whose pregnancy has been a story of public interest for months. Although the official stats aren't in yet, April's calf likely stands about 6 feet tall and weighs between 100 and 150 pounds.
Crystal Palace will again have Patrick van Aanholt available for selection after he recovered from an ankle injury. Leicester is two points ahead of the London club in 12th place after mounting a feeble defence of its title.
Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar bypoll
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PM launches Bhim Aadhar pay app
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Assad: Syria chemical attack '100% fabrication'
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow on Wednesday, discussing the US attack with Putin and Lavrov. Security Council and implies that the fate of Syria would be decided only by the Syrian people", he said.
Jamaican centenarian now oldest person in the world
Morano, who lived in northern Italy, was born on November 29, 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. She ate a raw egg every day and credited her longevity to her diet, she told Italian newspaper La Stampa .
Campaigning for Turkey referendum hits final stretch
Other employees seemed well aware of what was at stake in the referendum and that the eyes of the world are now on Turkey. It said they were acting on intelligence of a planned "sensational" attack on Sunday's tightly contested referendum.
Modi's road show and day 1 of BJP's national executive meeting
The Prime Minister will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers, according to state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma. The last executive committee meet on January 6, 7 in New Delhi was held in the run up to the assembly polls in five states.
Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more
China abstained from voting, a development Trump chalked it up to his meetings last weekend with President Xi Jinping. His comments came during a visit to the White House by NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg.