Arkansas’ Capital Punishment Spree: “It Ain’t Gonna Work on Some of Them”

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Arkansas is running out of time to execute seven death row inmates: their supply of one of the drugs they plan to use in the lethal injections — a drug being used there for the first time! — expires at the end of April, and finding a new supply isn’t easy. “It ain’t gonna work on some of them,” says Jeff Rosenzweig, veteran Arkansas defense attorney, who’s working on clemency petitions for some of the condemned.

Sadly, botched executions using questionable new methods are not new for the state, something Liliana Segura details in her piece in The Intercept.

It did not take long for this lie to be dramatically exposed. Nine years after killing Simms, Arkansas carried out one of the most grotesque executions the country had ever seen. Following the departure of the longtime warden at the state penitentiary, prison officials selected an unidentified “volunteer” executioner — an English…

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