Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen
today issued his written opinion on a decision he'd announced earlier from the bench that struck down a new Arkansas law on lethal injectio
n as an unconstitutional delegation of power to the Correction Department.
Here's the opinion.
He said the legislature abdicated responsibility by giving "unfettered discretion" to prison officals in chemicals to be used, as well as in "qualifications, competence and standards" to be followed in executions.