Battle Over Death Penalty Rages in Arkansas

Apr 20, 2017

The courts are once again trying to thwart as states attempt to use the death penalty for serious crime. Two last minute rulings have stopped the state from executing two criminals. One was based on the novel technicality that stays all the scheduled executions over concerns about how the state obtained one of the three drugs in its lethal injection protocol.

The judge said the drug, vecuronium bromide, "was essentially obtained illegally by the state," or at least under false statemenst. As NPR reported, McKesson Corp., a San Francisco-based medical supply company, "claimed that the state deliberately circumvented them to use the drugs for executions. They were told the drug would only be used in prison health clinics for its proper medicinal use, as opposed to putting prisoners to death."