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Judge to hear arguments in execution lawsuit

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 9, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A judge will hear oral arguments next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethal-injection law.

Court records show that arguments are scheduled for Jan. 17 in Little Rock.

Nine death-row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted this year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

The inmates say the new law still gives too much power to the state's Department of Correction.

The state wants a judge to uphold the law.

Arkansas had 37 inmates on death row, but one was recently granted a new trial. No executions are scheduled.

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HM2 says... December 9, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

We need to get rid of the lethal injection method of execution and go back to the old tried and true method of hanging.Only do it in public and invite, no round up a bunch of these little gang bangers to witness the show. Let's do it at war memorial stadium on Saturday mornings, then we'll see how brave these tough murderers really are as they pee their pants just before the trap opens. In other word let's quit playing games with these animals. They had no respect for their victims.

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