LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An assistant Arkansas attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt said in a brief filed Friday that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen was incorrect in his February ruling that the law violates the separation of powers. Griffen ruled that the Legislature gave too much authority to the Correction Department when it designated the agency director as the person who picks the drug for lethal injections.
Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig - who represented the death row inmates who challenged the law - told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1AjNGwB ) that he had not read the brief but said “an appropriate response will be filed.”
No one has been executed in Arkansas since 2005.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com