Judge issues written order invalidating new lethal injection law | Arkansas Blog

Friday, February 21, 2014

Judge issues written order invalidating new lethal injection law

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen today issued his written opinion on a decision he'd announced earlier from the bench that struck down a new Arkansas law on lethal injection as an unconstitutional delegation of power to the Correction Department.

He said the legislature abdicated responsibility by giving "unfettered discretion" to prison officals in chemicals to be used, as well as in  "qualifications, competence and standards" to be followed in executions.

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