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LITTLE ROCK — A judge has ordered Arkansas to release information about its execution drug supplier to attorneys for death row inmates who are challenging the state's execution secrecy law.

The order was issued Monday by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen. The judge agreed late Friday to temporarily halt executions for eight inmates who were scheduled for lethal injections in the next four months.

The Monday ruling orders the state to "identify or otherwise object to disclosure" of the manufacturers, distributor, seller or supplier of Arkansas' three lethal injections drugs. The order gives the state until Oct. 21 to turn over the package inserts, shipping labels, laboratory test results and other information.

Arkansas is among a handful of states with laws that allow prison officials to withhold information about execution drugs.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • TheAntiBrummett
    October 12, 2015 at 3:40 p.m.

    Ridiculous. Unprofessional. Baseless. The origin of the medications is inconsequential. If it is US pharmacopoeia, it is good to go. Sickening how these wusses sitting on death row don't want to go quietly to sleep, yet they have committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable onto others. And a good reporter would have included the rationale or legal basis the judge used to order this information. How are we supposed to form an educated opinion without this information? Doesn't surprise me coming from the ADG, though.

  • tngilmer
    October 12, 2015 at 4:07 p.m.

    And now the endless appeals will begin.

  • RobertBolt
    October 12, 2015 at 9:22 p.m.

    Executions are so much more costly to tax payers than life sentences are. Regardless, we should join the rational, civilized world by eliminating the possibility of executing the innocent.

  • HarleyOwner
    October 13, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.

    Anyone that has followed the cases that this ignorant judge has presided over knows the he's very lenient towards criminals.

  • Felina
    October 13, 2015 at 12:03 p.m.

    Look up "Capital Punishment by Country" on Wikipedia and see the counties with the red color on the map indicating those that execute. In addition to US, this lovely collection includes Botswana, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Afghanistan,Jordan, Yemen, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and lots of other similarly evolved nations.