Immediate Stay Protects Execution Drug Packages from Being Released

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The Arkansas Supreme Court has granted an immediate stay thus enforcing that the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) does not have to turn over execution drug packages.
 
Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce originally ruled on Sept. 19 that the ADC must disclose the labels of drugs, including Midazolam, it obtained for upcoming executions.
 
The ADC has resisted disclosing the information because labels have been used in the past to identify manufacturers of the drugs.
 
State law protects the identity of drug suppliers, but doesn't specifically exempt the labels, Judge Pierce ruled.
 
On Wednesday, the Arkansas Supreme Court granted Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for an immediate stay in the decision.
 
The prior ruling stated that the ADC must turnover all of the unredacted package inserts for recently acquired Midazolam by Sept. 28.


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