Saturday, June 23, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
Arkansas Supreme Court (credit)
'It is evident to this court that the legislature has abdicated its responsibility and passed to the executive branch, in this case the [Arkansas Department of Correction], the unfettered discretion to determine all protocol and procedures, most notably the chemicals to be used, for a state execution. The [Method of Execution Act] fails to provide reasonable guidelines for the selection of chemicals to be used during lethal injection and it fails to provide any general policy with regard to the lethal-injection procedure. Despite the fact that other states may analyze similar statutes differently according to their respective constitutions, we are bound only by our own constitution and our own precedent.'

–  Judgment in Hobbs v. Jones, a decision (available in full here), issued yesterday, in which a 4-member majority of the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled a 2009 lethal-injection law to violate the Arkansas Constitution; specifically, its guarantee of separation of powers. Justice Karen R. Baker (above at far left) wrote the 2-member dissent, while Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson (above at far right) voted with the majority. The judgment sends the fate of the 40 men now on death row in Arkansas back to the legislature.

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