Federal Judge Won’t Halt Two Arkansas Executions

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A federal judge will not block the executions of two men tonight, rejecting their claims that poor health could make the lethal injections especially painful, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker denied requests to stop the executions for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams. Williams argues that his obesity and diabetes could make the lethal injections too painful. Jones argues that his diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions could cause him to suffer an “extended and painful death.”

Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before the end of April, when its supply of one lethal injection drug expires. The first three executions were canceled because of court decisions. Legal rulings have put at least one other in doubt. Ledell Lee was executed Thursday in the state’s first execution since 2005.

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