Update: Jack Greene Execution is Off

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The execution of the oldest inmate on Arkansas Death Row is off.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has confirmed she will not appeal Tuesday's decision of the State Supreme Court granting an emergency stay for Greene.

Rutledge will also not ask for a rehearing in this case.

“With no written order or explanation provided, the Arkansas Supreme Court has once again delayed justice for the family of Sidney Burnett. I will continue to fight for justice for Sidney Burnett and to give the Burnett family the closure they deserve,” Rutledge said in reaction to the stay decision.

Governor Asa Hutchinson issued this statement:
“I am surprised by the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to issue an emergency stay of execution for Jack Greene,” he said. “Last-minute delays are always very difficult and only prolong the justice the Burnett family was promised more than 20 years ago. 

“This case has been reviewed by the courts on numerous occasions, and the state must now await further court action before the penalty given by an Arkansas jury is carried out.”


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Jack Greene has been granted a stay of execution by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The court announced its decision late Tuesday afternoon.

Statement from Greene's attorney:
“Today’s order means that our client, Jack Greene, will have the opportunity to make the case that he should receive an independent hearing about his competency for execution. 

“The U.S Constitution prohibits the execution of prisoners with mental illness so severe that they lack a rational understanding of the punishment, yet Arkansas law gives the Department of Correction Director sole discretion over such proceedings, denying the prisoners’ due process rights.

“Mr. Greene’s mental health must be the subject of a fair competency hearing with a neutral decision maker. We look forward to seeking such a hearing for Mr. Greene, whose severe mental illness is well-documented.” - Scott Braden, Attorney for Jack Greene, Assistant Federal Defender of the Arkansas Federal Defender Office.

Click here to read the full order.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Attorney General's Office has filed an opposition to the motion of a stay of execution for Death Row inmate Jack Greene.

Leslie Rutledge filed her response Tuesday morning with the Arkansas Supreme Court following the motion filed Monday by Greene's attorneys.

Click here to read Rutledge's full opposition that was filed with the court.

Greene, a convicted killer, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Attorneys for Arkansas Death Row inmate Jack Greene have filed an emergency petition for a stay of execution with the Arkansas Supreme Court. 

The petition was submitted late Monday morning.

The convicted killer has been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

"Multiple doctors have diagnosed Jack Gordon Greene with a severe mental illness-specifically, Delusional Disorder," the petition begins. "Greene believes that, for the past thirteen years, his attorneys and the Arkansas Department of Correction have conspired to torture him." 

"...in Greene's mind, his execution is the ultimate act in a cover-up of what he calls "crimes against humanity," the motion continues.

The Arkansas Attorney General's Office issued this statement after the petition was filed:
“Attorney General Rutledge is reviewing the petition filed today with the Arkansas Supreme Court from Inmate Greene. She opposes the inmate’s request for a stay and will file a response within the time frame set forth by the Court.”

Click here to read the full motion.

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