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Legal news from Saturday, April 15, 2017
by Steven Wildberger

US District Court Judge Kristine Baker on Saturday issued a temporary injunction blocking Arkansas' plan to execute seven inmates by the end of the month. Baker's order comes a day after Arkansas state judge Wendell Griffen issued a broad temporary restraining order in favor of the prisoners. The plan was to begin executions on …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the family of a man who committed suicide while in solitary confinement can argue that he faced cruel and unusual punishment, even if they don't argue that the treatment lead to his suicide. In July 2012, Brandon Palakovic committed suicide [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report] while in solitary …

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