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2nd judge stays executions; filings fly

By John Moritz

This article was originally published April 16, 2017 at 3:47 a.m. Updated April 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen lies on a cot outside the Governor’s Mansion during a protest against the death penalty Friday. Griffen, ...

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas' plans to carry out six executions over two weeks -- already stopped by a state judge -- were doubly halted Saturday by a federal judge who raised constitutional concerns.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen lies on a cot outside the Governor’s Mansion during a protest against the death penalty Friday. Griffen, ...

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

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drs01 says... April 16, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.

Simple solution - firing squad. It's swift, accurate, less stressful on the prisoners and prison staff, which is more than you can say about the victims of these murdering bastards.
WHY ARE WE BEING SUCH CANDYASSES WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCING THE LAW, AND THE WILL OF THE JURY??

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arkateacher54 says... April 16, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.

Sick to death of judges ruling this country. Sick to death of perps rights taking precedence over victims and families of victims. We need to completely rework our criminal justice system so that the law is enforced and criminals pay the price they have earned.

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TimberTopper says... April 16, 2017 at 10:37 a.m.

Judges doing their jobs boys nothing more. Or would you prefer no laws at all?

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AGG says... April 16, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

Why aren't these Judges concerned about the coughing, pain and gasping that Becky Doss underwent while Bruce Ward was raping her in the men's room of that convenience store on Rodney Parham? What about when he chocked her to death?

Why aren't three judges concerned about the fact there were not two lawyers present to witness Jack Jones' victim as she was raped and murdered in front of her 11 year old daughter?

These judges aren't doing their jobs. They're judicial activists bent on forcing their will on the electorate who have chosen politicians who will utilize the death penalty as the ultimate way of telling the public that innocent lives matter.

Arkansas and other states who still place a value on innocent lives should develop another method of execution. The firing squad will render a painless death if configured correctly. While we are on the subject why is a little pain considered cruel and unusual in view of what a criminal who gets the death penalty does in the first place?

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AuntPetunia says... April 16, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

Time to move on, give up on this failed experiment. Too much money, time, tears and oxygen have been wasted on these scum. Let them rot in prison. Time to move on.

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AGG says... April 16, 2017 at 11:19 a.m.

Yeah you'll say time to move on until, God forbid, it's one of your friends, loved ones or family members. I grew up in Warren. I knew Becky Doss when she was a baby. I knew her mom and dad. They were good people trying to make a living and take care of their kids. Her parents worked in local businesses and were always jovial and pleasant to the customers. They moved to Little Rock due to the terrible job market in South AR at the time like many others including myself did. I ended up leaving the state and now live in a metro area of 5 million that is safer than Little Rock. Witnesses verify Bruce Ward was out "hunting" for a victim the night he savagely raped and murdered this precious child. Someone needs to speak out for the memories of individuals brutally murdered by demons like Ward. Innocent lives matter. The message needs to be clear. If you murder an innocent soul, you will pay for it with your life.

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haphog says... April 16, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

AuntPetunia. You say move on........let them rot in prison. I am not willing to spend one dime to feel, clothe, medically treat, or anything for these scum.

TimberTopper, these murderous scum have had years and years of reviews by judges superior to these two flunkies. The best picture produced from this mess is seeing the racist black judge strapped to a mock gurney.

I agree that the firing squad would be much more definite and a heck of a lot cheaper. I do not care about them suffering..........a slow hanging would do well in that case.

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AuntPetunia says... April 16, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.

I agree, capital punishment needs to be more than LWOP. But, I fear that the death penalty is a lost cause. I wonder if a compromise can be found, in a capital punishment that is worse than LWOP, but short of death. Chain gang? No a/c or cable?

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AGG says... April 16, 2017 at 2:54 p.m.

Aunt Petunia:

Let the inmates run the prisons formally as was the case for years in AR. They will meet out justice. They still run the prisons just not in a formal manner.

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AGG says... April 16, 2017 at 3:13 p.m.

Mete out justice rather. I tried but IOS spellcheck is not versed in the Queen's English obviously.

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