Death Row Inmates Ask Arkansas Court To Lift Stay On Ruling

Dec 16, 2015

Attorneys for death row inmates challenging Arkansas' execution secrecy law say the state Supreme Court should not continue to delay the disclosure of key information about the drugs the state plans to use in executions.

Lawyers for the attorney general's office have asked the justices to extend a temporary stay of an order from Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen to give the inmates information about the maker and supplier of the drugs. The state has said it plans to appeal Griffen's overall ruling that the state's secrecy law is unconstitutional.

The inmates' attorneys say in a response filed Tuesday that the information is "vital" to proving the drugs won't cause cruel and unusual punishment. They say the state won't be irreparably harmed by releasing the information.