9 Ark. inmates seek ruling in execution lawsuit - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

9 Ark. inmates seek ruling in execution lawsuit

Posted:

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Attorneys for nine death row inmates want a judge to deem Arkansas' new lethal injection law unconstitutional.

The death row inmates' lawyers filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday. The inmates also want a judge to declare that the 2013 Method of Execution Act is invalid as applied to them.

The new execution law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials. Legislators enacted a new law this year that says the state must use a lethal dose of a barbiturate in lethal injections.

Arkansas last executed an inmate in 2005. The state doesn't have any executions scheduled.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar

  • Chief: Walnut Ridge police fatally shoot man

    Chief: Walnut Ridge police fatally shoot man

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:15:29 GMT
    Authorities say a Walnut Ridge police officer fatally shot a man after the man shot his ex-wife then pointed his gun at police.More >>
    Authorities say a Walnut Ridge police officer fatally shot a man after the man shot his ex-wife then pointed his gun at police.More >>
  • Arkansas jury convicts ex-teacher of sex assault

    Arkansas jury convicts ex-teacher of sex assault

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:12:12 GMT
    A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexual assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child.More >>
    A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexual assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child.More >>