- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging the legality of execution legislation signed by Arkansas’ governor has been assigned to a judge who ruled against an older death penalty law.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1CwI9jA ) reports seven death-row inmates filed the lawsuit Monday to have the new law invalidated because they say it violates their contract with the state requiring prison officials to disclose the origin of the drugs that will be used to put them to death. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in favor of the same inmates in a 2013 suit, saying an older law gave the state Correction Department too much authority to determine what drugs will be used for execution and who will administer them.

Griffen’s 2014 decision was reversed last month. The prisoners and state lawyers signed the contract stating the initial lawsuit would be dropped if information about the drugs was disclosed.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com



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