The Associated Press notes
CLOSED FOR NOW: State execution chamber.
that all of the Arkansas execution drugs have expired, as expected. No executions are scheduled and the state can't kill anyone until new drugs are obtained.
Problem: Under current law as interpreted by the Arkansas Supreme Court, it's possible to learn manufacturers. All legitimate manufacturers don't want their drugs used except for labeled purposes — which don't include killing people.
So Arkansas wants to change the law to guard manufacturer information, too. That will facilitate the shady and clandestine ways state officials have obtained drugs not available through conventional channels.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
is working on a legislative way to get secret killing drugs in the executioner's hands without detection. Source, quality, side effects, efficacy are not among the areas of official concern.