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Monday, October 12, 2015

Arkansas judge orders state to disclose source of execution drugs

Arkansas must release information about execution drug supplier to attorneys for death row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection drug secrecy law

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 on Friday to temporarily halt executions for 8 inmates who were scheduled for lethal injections in the next 4 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 21 October 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.

Source: The Guardian, October 12, 2015

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