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Hold put on 2 executions set for today

Appeals, high court rulings on tap as clock ticks away

By Eric Besson , John Moritz

This article was published April 20, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution April 20.


Death row inmate Stacey Johnson, 47, speaks during a clemency hearing in this file photo.

Ledell Lee appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursda...

This 2010 photo provided by the U.S District Court of Eastern District of Arkansas shows U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.

Two late-evening rulings Wednesday again halted Arkansas' march toward executions, although the state attorney general's office plans to take action to reverse the most sweeping of the judicial orders.


Death row inmate Stacey Johnson, 47, speaks during a clemency hearing in this file photo.

Ledell Lee appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursda...

This 2010 photo provided by the U.S District Court of Eastern District of Arkansas shows U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.

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dinky1 says... April 20, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.

They still need to a short rope and a long drop. It would be a lot cheaper and get the results done quicker.

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RBBrittain says... April 20, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

You want the executions moved to downtown Fort Smith, dinky1? Public hangings are so Wild West.

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NoUserName says... April 20, 2017 at noon

Baker isn't black.

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RBear says... April 20, 2017 at 12:08 p.m.

LOL @ HarleyOwner. That's the most uninformed statement I've heard yet in this discussion. Don't tell me, you voted for Trump also.

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gohogs17 says... April 20, 2017 at 5:52 p.m.

The entire judicial system is a joke, from the judges on down. It's a travesty to hold trials, have juries convict (if warranted), and then have all these endless appeals only to have justice thwarted by Mickey Mouse judges (one of them here in L.R.). If I serve on a jury I would be tempted to laugh at the whole process.

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HM2 says... April 20, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

To hell with executing these people, lets start with the lawyers and judges then work our way down. They're just toying with the victims and their families, and THAT SIRS is cruel and unusual punishment you sleaze bags.

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