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Emergency stay granted for Arkansas' oldest death row inmate

LITTLE ROCK, Ar. (KARK) - The execution of the oldest inmate on Arkansas Death Row is off.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has confirmed she will not appeal Tuesday's decision of the State Supreme Court granting an emergency stay for Greene.

Rutledge will also not ask for a rehearing in this case.

“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,” Rutledge said in reaction to the stay decision.

Governor Asa Hutchinson issued this statement:
“I am surprised by the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to issue an emergency stay of execution for Jack Greene,” he said. “Last-minute delays are always very difficult and only prolong the justice the Burnett family was promised more than 20 years ago. 

“This case has been reviewed by the courts on numerous occasions, and the state must now await further court action before the penalty given by an Arkansas jury is carried out.”

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