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Arkansas Stumbles on the Way to Executions

Try as it may, Arkansas is having a hard time executing death row inmates.

Pressured by expiring prescriptions for legal injections, the state had scheduled eight inmates for execution in ten days. The plan was to start with two-a-day, but that fell through on the first day.

Had Arkansas succeeded, it would have been America's biggest cluster-kill in 40 years. Judge Jane Kelly, a lone dissenter in a U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in McGehee v. Hutchinson to carry out the death sentences, said the rush to execution was a "descent into brutality."