Judge orders state to release execution drug info | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Judge orders state to release execution drug info

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM

AP is reporting that the state has been told by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffin that it must turn over some information related to drugs used in executions.

Here is corrected link:

Steve Shults, a Little Rock lawyer, filed the suit.

The judge ordered information about one drug turned over in 30 minutes. The state said it would appeal.

UPDATE: It will be interesting to see how the state Supreme Court, which loves to overturn Griffen, responds. It looks to me like Steve Shults, a smart lawyer himself, and his legal team, along with the judge's careful reasoning, has found an opening to exploit in the law written to through an official veil of secrecy over the execution process. It looks like the state must provide manufacturer's information, which would give some assurances about the quality of the drug. But the packaging could lead those interested to the suppliers of the drug. Can't have that.

Arkansas is adamant and proud of the death penalty in capital cases. For all its certitude though, it demonstrates recognition of the barbarity of the practice by wanting to hide information about the drugs and the executioners, not to mention the actual state killing itself.

Tags:

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation