More Execution Legislation To Be filed in Arkansas

by Jeannie Nuss  on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 7:35 am  

Hester, who also filed another bill to allow some relatives of victims to attend executions, said he's willing to work with the attorney general's office and others if there's an objection.

"I just thought, 'Well, if I'm already filing one execution bill, I might as well just be the person that addresses the Supreme Court's concerns as well,' " Hester said.

Arkansas hasn't put anyone to death since 2005 - in part because of legal challenges like the one the state Supreme Court ruled on in June. There are 37 inmates on death row, according to online prison records.

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