"Arkansas Judge Grants Request To Block Executions," is the AP report, via KUAR-FM.
A judge in Arkansas has granted a request by death row inmates to block any executions until the Legislature changes the state's law governing how inmates are put to death.
Judge Wendell Griffen said Friday that the law failed to define procedures and training for correction department staff who would administer lethal injections. Also, Griffen ruled that the current law gives too much latitude to the correction department director, who would have to choose the type of barbiturate to be used in executions.
Arkansas has no scheduled executions and hasn't executed an inmate since 2005.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette posts, "Judge strikes Arkansas' lethal-injection law," by Gavin Lesnick.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffin said an execution law passed last year allows the department to choose a barbiturate but gives "no reasonable guidance" on how to do so or which to select.
"In this instance, the legislature has abdicated its responsibility," Griffin said from the bench after hearing oral arguments.
Nine death-row inmates challenge the 2013 law on multiple fronts.
Jeff Rosenzweig, an attorney for the inmates, said both sides would likely appeal and the issue will ultimately be decided by the state Supreme Court.
Earlier coverage of Arkansas lethal injection issues begins at the link.
There is currently a de facto moratorium on executions in the state.