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Carrying out Executions Becoming Tougher Job for States

Arkansas has not put an inmate to death in nearly a decade.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Arkansas death row there are 33 men waiting to die. The oldest case (Roger Coulter) dates back to 1989.

The state has not put an inmate to death since 2005.

A lawsuit challenging the lethal injection procedure has been dragging the issue out in the courts for years.

Just last month, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffin struck down the state's Method of Execution Act following a hearing over arguments in a lawsuit brought by nine Arkansas death row inmates.   
Their suit claims a 2013 law passed by the Arkansas General Assembly gives too broad authority to the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) when selecting drugs for lethal injection.

The state is expected to appeal the February ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

In an article published Monday in USA TODAY, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was asked about the trouble some states are having in obtaining the drugs needed to put an inmate to death.

"I've done everything I can do to carry out the executions that have been ordered in my state, and if somebody has an idea of how we can do that, I'd like to hear it," the article quoted McDaniel.

Click here to read the full USA TODAY article.

Click here to see the Arkansas Death Row list.
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