Arkansas attorney general candidates want to see executions

(KATV)-Arkansas hasn't executed aprisoner since 2005. All of the Attorney General candidates would like to seeexecutions carried out in the state, but one would like to see the return ofthe electric chair.

Arkansas has 37 inmatesawaiting execution on death row. The average inmate has been there 15 years,six of them have been there more than 20 years.

Law suits by inmates challengingthe medical procedure, lawsuits requiring legislation showing more details ofthe process, even lawsuits requiring doctor's names who administer theinjection be released, are just a few of the challenges that have haltedexecutions.

Attorney General DustinMcDaniel testified last year before the joint judiciary committee that even ifall of the stipulations were met, "inmates would file yet another suittomorrow, challenging yet another aspect of the medical procedure."

There are three Republicancandidates in the primary Leslie Rutlege, a former prosecutor endorsed byformer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Patricia Nation, and Army veteran andlawyer, and David Sterling, a North Little Rock lawyer. Democrat Nate Steel, aprosecutor and state representative is unopposed. All agree executions shouldresume.

"My opinion is formedas a prosecutor and seeing the worst of what the victims have to go through,"Steel said.

"I do believe thedeath penalty is a deterrent for criminals that have committed such heinousacts," Rutledge said.

"People who committhese crimes. They need to be punished," Nation said.{}

But the other road blockis the drug commonly used is no longer available. The FDA won't allow it to beimported and several of the candidates want to see the drug cocktail changed.{}

Arkansas law says iflethal injection isn't available, the fall back method is the electric chair, somethingsterling says he supports.

"It is prescribedunder Arkansas law and i think we should move forward with Arkansas law andcarry out these penalties," Sterling said.