LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court issued an order Thursday clarifying that there are no stays in place to block the state from carrying out the scheduled executions of eight inmates.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had asked the court for the clarification.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected a request by the inmates to review an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that upheld the state’s lethal-injection law. Rutledge later said that when the Arkansas Supreme Court acknowledged the higher court’s decision, stays it previously issued in the inmates’ cases were automatically lifted.
Attorneys for the inmates argued that because an amended complaint was filed on the inmates’ behalf Friday, the stays of execution were still effective.
The state’s highest court said in its one-page order Thursday, “Stay dissolved upon issuance of court’s mandate on February 24, 2017.” It denied a request from the inmates for oral arguments on Rutledge’s motion for clarification.
Justices Courtney Goodson and Josephine Hart would have denied Rutledge’s motion, the court noted in the order.