Wendell Griffen, an African American judge from Arkansas, is battling what he refers to as the state’s “white power structure.” The case centers on Griffen’s struggle to regain his right to oversee capital punishment cases.
In 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison planned to end the state’s decade long hiatus from executing incarcerated people with a record breaking proposal to rush through eight executions in a 10-day span. On Good Friday, the pharmaceutical giant McKesson Medical-Surgical complicated Hutchison’s plan with a last-minute lawsuit. The suit claimed Arkansas purchased the company’s anesthetic under the false auspices of treating the incarcerated and then repurposed it for use in a fatal drug cocktail used in lethal injections. McKesson sought a temporary restraining order to halt the use of their anesthesia in the lethal injection in order to allow time for the company to bring their case to court.
The case ended…
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