A circuit judge in Pulaski County, Arkansas issued a temporary restraining order on Friday that blocked the executions of six men who were scheduled to begin being put to death on Monday.
On Saturday, a federal judge blocked the executions of 9 inmates including the original 8 who were on the fast-track to lethal injection because of the state wanting to avoid letting one of the three drugs in the lethal injection protocol to expire.
The ruling by Federal District Judge Kristine G. Baker in Little Rock, Ark., comes less than 24 hours after a circuit judge in Pulaski County, Ark. issued a temporary restraining order to halt the executions. Baker’s ruling applies to nine death row inmates, but of the nine, one prisoner’s execution had not been scheduled and two others had received stays of execution. The executions of the remaining six were set to begin Monday night and continue over the next 10 days, an extremely speedy schedule that had drew criticism from across the nation.