Arkansas execution flurry marks early test for new Justice Gorsuch

April 21, 2017 By Lawrence Hurley and Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) – Newly appointed conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch helped clear the way for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years, a sign of the challenges facing other inmates seeking to block their executions next week. In his first recorded vote, President Donald Trump’s pick for the court sided as expected with its renewed conservative majority. The justices voted 5-4 to reject an emergency application brought by several inmates before Arkansas executed convicted murderer Ledell Lee. Lee’s…

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