New York Times, April 20, 2017
Adam Liptak


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[...] Last month, in discussing Arkansas’s plan to execute inmates at a pace without equal in modern American history, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, sounded a little sheepish.

“I would love to have those extended over a period of multiple months and years, but that’s not the circumstances that I find myself in,” he said.

In the weeks that followed, state and federal courts issued rulings blocking some of the executions based on the inmates’ mental competence, DNA evidence, the clemency process, the chemicals to be used and how those chemicals were obtained. Some of those rulings have been stayed or reversed, and the welter of legal actions continues to grow more complicated by the hour. [...]

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