Rutledge Comments on Arkansas Supreme Court’s Decision to Stay Executions
October 20, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court to grant the prisoners’ request for a stay of executions until proceedings at the Circuit Court are resolved.
“The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the State’s argument that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to stay the executions; however, the Supreme Court did choose to enter its own order, placing executions on hold pending the outcome of litigation at the lower court. While the Supreme Court’s decision is not about the merits of the case, it is unfortunate that this further delays justice for the victims. I will continue to defend Arkansas’s lethal injection statute and fight for the victims and their grieving families.”