"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General asks governor to set executions for 8 inmates

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has officially asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for 8 death-row inmates who have exhausted all appeals.

The request Tuesday came after a 10-year hiatus on executions in the state because of legal challenges to the state's death-penalty procedures.

The last execution - Eric Nance, convicted of murdering 18-year-old Julie Heath of Malvern in 1993 - was carried out in November 2005 by using a 3-drug cocktail of phenobarbital, a paralytic agent and potassium chloride.

The Arkansas Department of Correction recently obtained the execution drugs, 1 of which was midazolam.

The use of the drug was challenged in federal court after a handful of botched executions. 

Death-penalty opponents claimed that the drug does not induce a complete level of unconsciousness, which allows the inmate to feel pain.

Source: arkansasonline.com, Sept. 1, 2015

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