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The State of Arkansas will be making arrangements for eight of their prisoners to be executed all within 11 days of each other, this month, according to the LA Times.
This will be the most persons any state has put to death in such a short span of time since capital punishment was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. The 8 men, all of whom were convicted of murders ranging from years 1989-1999, will be killed starting the day after Easter.
Republican Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, says the state must act before its supply of anesthetic in its lethal injection cocktail expires at the end of April.
“This action is necessary to fulfill the requirement of the law. It’s also important to bring closure to the families victims.”
Those objecting the death penalty say conducting so many executions in 11 days increases the likelihood of mistakes that could cause needless suffering. They are also against the cocktail of choice, midazolam, which is the anesthetic that has contributed to botched executions in the past. The drug has been surrounded by so much controversy that some states have barred the use of it to carry out such acts.
Arkansas, which requires that 6 citizens who do not know the victim or the condemned witness each execution, has struggled to find the required 48 volunteers.
Two men are slated to die each day on April 17, 20, 24, 27.
Is it just me or does Gov. Hutch have anyone else questioning the real motive here? Is it to get justice for the families of the victims, or to make sure the state doesn’t waste money on soon to be expired lethal injections?
Also, what are your thoughts on the death penalty – Yay or no way?