Federal judge blocks executions in Arkansas

A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from executing six men in 11 days, which was scheduled to start the day after Easter Sunday.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker released her decision Saturday morning, concluding: “The Court finds that plaintiffs are entitled to a preliminary injunction based on their method of execution claim under the Eighth Amendment.”

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge plans to appeal the federal judge’s decision, Judd Deere, Rutledge’s communications...

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