State Files for Stay of Order Banning Lethal Injection Drug

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The first of several expected legal challenges impacting a second round of scheduled executions has been filed with the State Supreme Court by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

It regards Wednesday's bench order by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Alice Gray.

Judge Gray issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring use of one of the lethal injection drugs, namely Vecuronium bromide. The judge found that drug maker McKesson sufficiently proved the state acted outside authority and "in bad faith" in its purchase of the drug.

Her injunction was first filed from the bench and the written order was not filed until late Thursday morning, on the heels of Rutledge's writ of certiorari seeking a review of the TRO and an emergency stay of the order. Judge Gray's order prevents mixing of the drug and its use in tonight's executions that have themselves been placed on hold by other court rulings.


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