UPDATE: Stay of execution granted for Jack Greene

LITTLE ROCK, AR - UPDATE: Jack Greene has been granted a stay of execution by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The court announced its decision late Tuesday afternoon.

Statement from Greene's attorney:
“Today’s order means that our client, Jack Greene, will have the opportunity to make the case that he should receive an independent hearing about his competency for execution. 

“The U.S Constitution prohibits the execution of prisoners with mental illness so severe that they lack a rational understanding of the punishment, yet Arkansas law gives the Department of Correction Director sole discretion over such proceedings, denying the prisoners’ due process rights.

“Mr. Greene’s mental health must be the subject of a fair competency hearing with a neutral decision maker. We look forward to seeking such a hearing for Mr. Greene, whose severe mental illness is well-documented.” - Scott Braden, Attorney for Jack Greene, Assistant Federal Defender of the Arkansas Federal Defender Office.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement after the Arkansas Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for inmate Jack Greene.
 
“With no written order or explanation provided, the Arkansas Supreme Court has once again delayed justice for the family of Sidney Burnett. I will continue to fight for justice for Sidney Burnett and to give the Burnett family the closure they deserve.”

Click here to read the full order.

ORIGINAL:

Attorneys for Arkansas Death Row inmate Jack Greene have filed an emergency petition for a stay of execution with the Arkansas Supreme Court. 

The petition was submitted late Monday morning.

The convicted killer has been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

"Multiple doctors have diagnosed Jack Gordon Greene with a severe mental illness-specifically, Delusional Disorder," the petition begins. "Greene believes that, for the past thirteen years, his attorneys and the Arkansas Department of Correction have conspired to torture him." 

"...in Greene's mind, his execution is the ultimate act in a cover-up of what he calls "crimes against humanity," the motion continues.

Click here to read the full motion.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is opposing the stay and her office issued this statement. 

“Attorney General Rutledge is reviewing the petition filed today with the Arkansas Supreme Court from Inmate Greene. She opposes the inmate’s request for a stay and will file a response within the time frame set forth by the Court.”


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