Arkansas Inmates Ask For Execution Law To Be Struck Down Over Secrecy Ruling

Apr 4, 2016

Cummins Prison.
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

Attorneys for a group of death row inmates say Arkansas' highest court should strike down the state's execution law if justices agree with a lower court that its secrecy provisions on lethal injection drugs are unconstitutional.

The attorneys on Monday said the court should dismiss the appeal of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's ruling against the secrecy provisions. The Supreme Court previously stayed eight executions until the challenge filed by a handful of death row inmates is heard.

The inmates' attorneys said if the court doesn't dismiss the appeal, it should strike down the provision keeping the source of execution drugs secret, along with the rest of the law. The attorneys also asked the court to hold oral arguments in the appeal, a request the state made in February.