In this on Oct. 4, 2017, frame grab from video, Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene appears before the state parole board at a prison in Varner, Ark. Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9, 2017, but his lawyers are arguing that he is severely mentally ill and that, as a result of that, he sticks strands of tissue into his ears and nose to the point that they become bloody. (KTHV via AP, Pool)

Arkansas poised to execute man amid fight over mental health

October 29, 2017 - 9:21 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas inmate set for execution next month says his lawyers are lying when they say he's severely mentally ill.

Jack Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9. His legal team says he is delusional, but when Greene pleaded for clemency this month he told a state panel that his lawyers are wrong about his mental health. The panel recommended that his execution proceed.

At least one court will take up Greene's case in the coming week. Arkansas gives considerable weight to its prison director's opinion in deciding whether an inmate has the mental capacity to understand his execution. Lawyer John Williams says doctors should have a greater say.

Greene's execution would be Arkansas' first since it put four men to death in an eight-day period in April.

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