Arkansas Supreme Court declares execution law unconstitutional, siding with death row inmates

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, June 22, 1:21 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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.