Death row inmates file lawsuit to prevent executions of eight men in

first_imgDeath row inmates file lawsuit to prevent executions of eight men in 10 days Arkansas has scheduled the executions in order to use its supply of a lethal injection drug before it expires. Share160 Tweet Email Not only has Arkansas’s rush to execute eight plaintiffs over the course of ten days forced the state to violate its own mandatory procedures for clemency review, but it has necessarily undermined each plaintiff’s individual opportunity to advocate for mercy. File photo Source: Pat SullivanDEATH ROW INMATES in Arkansas have filed a lawsuit to contest the US state’s plan to end their lives over a shortened period of just 10 days.The state’s Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has stirred intense controversy since announcing the executions of eight men in 10 days, citing shortages of a drug used in lethal injections.The inmates said the accelerated schedule did not give them enough time to prepare their appeals, adding that the shortened timeframe violated Arkansas rules.“Each plaintiff named in this suit has suffered irreparable injury on account of the frantic execution schedule sought by the state,” six of the eight men concerned wrote in their complaint. Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson Source: Kelly Kissel The eighth amendment of the US Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.Death penalty critics have condemned the executions, noting that Arkansas has not conducted a single execution since 2005.The accelerated schedule comes amid a shortage of death penalty drugs across the United States, with Arkansas’s stock of midazolam, a sedative used to anaesthetise inmates, nearing its expiration date.The inmates also complained about the state’s drug protocol, saying midazolam does not make recipients sufficiently unconscious, meaning they suffer extreme pain.Under the governor’s plan, two of the inmates would be put to death on 17 April, two on 20 April, two on 24 April and the final pair on 27 April.No single US state has held eight executions in 10 days since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.© – AFP, 2017Read:‘Like a war zone’: Tourist areas badly hit as Cyclone Debbie ravages Australia coastRead: Trump’s climate plan labelled ‘a colossal mistake that defies science’ Short URL By AFP 38 Comments Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 7:50 AM 19,472 Views Mar 29th 2017, 7:50 AM https://jrnl.ie/3312256 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more