LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The latest on the ongoing legal battle over an Arkansas law that keeps information about the supply of execution drugs secret (all times local):
Death row inmates who are challenging Arkansas' execution law say the state has not proven it would be harmed if it's forced to release information about the state's supply of lethal injection drugs.
The inmates filed a response Friday morning before the Arkansas Supreme Court, which is being asked by the state to issue an emergency order halting disclosure of the drug information. On Thursday, a circuit judge found the secrecy provision of Arkansas' execution law unconstitutional and ordered the state to release the drug information by noon Friday.
In their court filing Friday, the inmates argue that Arkansas wouldn't be harmed by the disclosure because the state already has the lethal drugs in its possession.
Executions in Arkansas are currently on hold as the case makes its way through the courts.