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Arkansas justices clear stops on lethal drug

They reverse halt order, reject two drugmakers’ petition

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Photographs by Staton Breidenthal

Abe Bonowitz comforts Lynn Scott (second from left) outside the Cummins Unit during a vigil with Judy Johnson, Randy Gardner and other protesters shortly after all of the stays for Ledell Lee’s execution were exhausted late Thursday.

Three hours before Thursday's executions were scheduled to begin, the Arkansas Supreme Court vacated a lower-court ruling that had prevented the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide to stop the condemned inmates' breathing.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is shown in this file photo.

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