The state of Arkansas’ aggressive effort to carry out a series of executions has stalled for the second time this week as courts blocked a second pair of lethal injections planned for Thursday. The state originally set eight executions over an 11-day period in April, which would have been the most by a state in such a short period of time since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. Four of the eight inmates originally on Hutchinson’s schedule have now received stays of execution, and a key decision on one of the drugs used in the execution may now have scuttled the state’s entire schedule. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has expressed frustration over legal delays and plans to appeal at least one of the rulings.
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