AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions

Jul 24, 2013

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.

McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.

Beebe has said he doesn't have immediate plans to schedule executions even though McDaniel has asked him to do so.

Wednesday's committee meeting comes as Arkansas and other states grapple with legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections.