Death Row Inmates Ask Arkansas Top Court To Hear Case

Mar 19, 2013

Several death row inmates are asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear their cases after the state's  attorney general asked the court to lift their stays of executions.  

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state's top court to lift stays for six death row inmates who challenged the constitutionality of Arkansas' lethal injection law.  

Attorneys for five of the inmates filed paperwork Monday asking the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the case.

The  death row inmates' lawyers say the high court must determine whether a new lethal injection law addresses the court's concerns that led them to strike down a 2009 lethal injection law last year.

The Legislature enacted a new law this year that says the state must use a lethal dose of a barbiturate.