Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued an oral temporary restraining order Tuesday in the federal lawsuit filed in April against the Mississippi Department of Corrections challenging the use of compounded drugs in executions.

The state Attorney General’s office filed an appeal late Tuesday on behalf of the MDOC…

…”I am disappointed in today’s decision,” Gov. Phil Bryant said late Tuesday. “The state of Mississippi will exercise its full legal rights to ensure that crime victims and their families receive the justice they deserve and that perpetrators of heinous crimes do not go unpunished.”