LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ attorney general says the state Supreme Court should extend an order preventing the disclosure of key information about the drugs prison officials intend to use in executions.
The attorney general’s office on Friday asked justices to extend a stay issued against a decision by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. The Supreme Court last week temporarily suspended a ruling by Griffen ordering the disclosure. Justices gave the state until Monday to say whether a longer stay is needed.
The state says the prison system will be harmed if Griffen’s order isn’t suspended, citing the “permanent and unalterable disclosure” of information about its execution drug sources. The state says that disclosing the information would make it “extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible,” for the state to find lethal injection drug suppliers.
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