LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Attorney General's Office says the state Supreme Court should not lift stays of execution for six death row inmates unless it plans to address the constitutionality of a new law regarding procedures the state must use in executions.
However - Friday's filing with the court says the state doesn't object to the stays remaining in place for the six if the court decides to consider the merits of the law that says the state must use a lethal dose of a barbiturate in executions - but leaves it up to the Department of Correction to determine which barbiturate.
The law was adopted after the court last year ruled that a 2009 lethal injection law was unconstitutional because it gave the DOC "unfettered discretion" over the procedures used in executions.
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