The Dallas Morning News

Arkansas’ execution schedule challenged


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lawyers for seven Arkansas inmates scheduled to die this month because a key execution drug will soon expire went to federal court Monday to argue that the state’s aggressive plan raises the risk that their deaths will be cruel and unusual.

Without court interventi­on, Arkansas will execute more than 20 percent of its 34 death row inmates by the end of the month, when a key sedative expires. The main arguments from lawyers for the condemned men are along two lines: legal teams that represent multiple clients are spread too thin to be effective and stress in the death chamber will be so high that executione­rs will make a mistake.

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