Legal challenges likely to delay Ark. executions

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas got a new lethal injection law this week, but court challenges will likely block the state from resuming executions anytime soon.

The attorney general's office expects some of Arkansas' 37 death row inmates to challenge the new law that revises another law the state Supreme Court struck down last year.

No new legal challenges had surfaced by Friday - two days after Gov. Mike Beebe signed the new execution legislation. No new execution dates have been set either, meaning the state doesn't have any pending executions.

The new law spells out in greater detail the procedures the state must follow in carrying out executions. It says the state must use a lethal dose of a barbiturate, but leaves it up to Department of Correction to determine which one.

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