McDaniel Wants Judge To Dismiss Execution Lawsuit

Jul 4, 2013

Arkansas' attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from nine death row inmates challenging the state's new execution law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office filed paperwork Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss the prisoners' amended lawsuit.

The inmates say the new execution law is unconstitutional.

That law came about after the state Supreme Court struck the previous law down in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

So this year, lawmakers enacted a new law that says the state must use a lethal dose of a barbiturate in lethal injections.

However, the new law leaves it up to the Department of Correction to pick the drug. Arkansas last executed an inmate in 2005. The state doesn't have any pending executions.