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Monday, September 25, 2017

Attorney general asks for continued secrecy on execution drugs

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:05 PM

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As expected, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court for an "emergency stay" of a lower court ruling that the Correction Department must produce labels from one of the drugs, midazolam, used in executions.

A Freedom of Information Act suit by Little Rock lawyer Steve Shults produced the ruling. He'd won a similar decision pertaining to another drug, potassium chloride. That decision is on appeal. The state wants to keep the labels secret because they can be used to identify sources of the drugs. The state contends it will be hard, if not impossible, to obtain killing drugs if the sources are known. State law was meant to keep information secret, but judges, most recently Mackie Pierce, have said the lawmakers failed to explicitly keep secret the labels. He ordered the labels turned over.

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