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Prison officials seek fix to Arkansas execution law

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 11, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

— Correction officials and the attorney general’s office are trying to figure out how to rework Arkansas’ lethal injection law after the state’s top court threw the statute out earlier this year.

Deputy Attorney General Dennis Hansen told lawmakers Tuesday that a new lethal injection statute will need to be adopted in the coming legislative session, which begins Jan. 14.

Hansen and the Department of Correction director addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday after the Arkansas Supreme Court in June sided with death row inmates who said a 2009 execution law violated part of the state’s constitution about separating the branches of government.

That law said death sentences are to be carried out by lethal injection of one or more chemicals that the director of the Department of Correction chooses.

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HM2 says... December 11, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.

The solution to the problem is dump the chemicals down the drain; change the method of execution to hanging. You can use the same rope several times. also you can require some of these young gang bangers to witness the execution and "just maybe" discourage them from taking up a lfe of crime after seeing some of their heroes dangling from that rope.

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