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Courts Block 7 Executions Set For 11-Day Span In Arkansas

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Court stays 11 Arkansas executionsA judge in Arkansas has issued an order blocking the state from executing six men next week, starting Monday night.

The state's compressed schedule had drawn widespread attention — for both the pace of the executions and the manner in which the state obtained the drugs it planned to use in the lethal injections.

The temporary restraining order by Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen followed one earlier Friday by another court, the Arkansas Supreme Court, which had stayed one execution. According to his attorney, Scott Braden, Bruce Ward is mentally ill and "has no rational understanding of the punishment he is slated to suffer or the reason why he is to suffer it."

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