Court Agrees To Oral Arguments In Arkansas Execution Lawsuit

Apr 8, 2016

The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit by death row inmates that challenges the state's execution law.

The court issued a brief statement Thursday granting the request for oral argument by the inmates' attorneys. The statement says a date will be set later.

Nine inmates have asked justices to uphold a circuit judge's decision to strike down the portion of the law that blocks state officials from revealing where Arkansas gets its execution drugs.

The state appealed the ruling and the high court temporarily halted eight scheduled executions until the challenge is heard.

The inmates argue that they have a right to know the source of the drugs being used during lethal injections. The state argues that it's immune from the lawsuit.