Judge Hears Arkansas Lethal Injection Disclosure Case

Mar 25, 2013

An Arkansas judge is deciding whether six death row inmates are entitled to see documents  relating to the lethal injection drugs the Arkansas Department of Correction is procuring for their executions.  

Pulaski County Court Judge Collins Kilgore heard arguments on Monday about whether Arkansas' new lethal injection law allows the Department of Correction to keep secret records about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.

The judge didn't issue a ruling in the case but identified the records in dispute as email and other communication between the Department of Correction and a drug company. 

Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig argued that the inmates should be able to see the records under the state's Freedom of Information law.  

Assistant Attorney General David Curran said the records are exempt from disclosure.