The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, calling it unconstitutional. In a split decision, the high court sided with 10 death-row inmates who argued that, under Arkansas' constitution, only the Legislature can set execution policy. Legislators in 2009 voted to give that authority to the Department of Correction.
Here's the (sort of) good news:
It wasn't immediately clear what the court's ruling will mean for the 40 men on death row in Arkansas. There aren't any pending executions, and the state hasn't put anyone to death since 2005.
Others will know state practice better than I, but isn't it routine for the state corrections department to select the method of lethal injection?