Inmates seek release of information on lethal-injection drugs


LITTLE ROCK — A group of death-row inmates is seeking a judge’s order compelling the state Department of Correction to release information about the drugs it plans to use for lethal injections.

Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig said Tuesday he filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday after the Department of Correction did not, in his opinion, fully comply with a request submitted under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

A law enacted earlier this year sets forth the types of drugs that the Department of Correction can use for lethal injections. The law was a response to a state Supreme Court ruling last year that the previous lethal-injection law gave too much discretion to the DOC director, in violation of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers.

Also, Rosenzweig and other attorneys representing a group of death-row inmates whose executions had been stayed because of the Supreme Court ruling asked the Supreme Court on Monday to deny a motion by the state to lift the stays.

Rosenzweig said it is not entirely clear whether the new lethal-injection law has cured the problems identified by the Supreme Court.

“I think most would agree it reduces the separation-of-powers problem. I don’t think it necessarily fully solves it. A court will have to decide,” he said.