The Associated Press continues to illustrate the essential under-handedness of the Arkansas execution process.
The legislature passed a law meant to restart the lethal injection process, but it required secrecy. The AP has nonetheless penetrated the secrecy to point to the likely suppliers of the drugs Arkansas hopes to use. Three supplies have no said they don’t want their drugs used for executions and their rules prohibit their customers from supplying them for such purposes.
To date: secrecy in state-run killing rules. A lawsuit is pending that seeks to make the state deliver on an earlier agreement to provide information about the sources of execution drugs.
Arkansas has always been squeamish about executions — be it the executioner, who should be able to attend, resistance to broadcast, access to Death Row inmates and more. If executions are the law and enjoy the support they are presumed to enjoy, what’s to be ashamed of?