AG believes current capital punishment system is broken

    6:17 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is calling for a discussion about the future of the death penalty in Arkansas.

    McDaniel said he doesn't think any of the state's condemned prisoners will be executed while he's in office. Executions are on hold because of legal challenges and problems with the drugs used for lethal injections.

    In a statement, McDaniel said the current capital punishment system is broken.

    "Do we continue with a broken system and throwing money and resources at essentially pointless litigation, or do we modify the system?" he asked.

    McDaniel said he still supports capital punishment and stopped short of scraping it in Arkansas.

    An execution hasn't happened in the state since 2005. The only legal form of execution in Arkansas is by lethal injection. The drugs needed to perform an execution are currently not available for the state to purchase.

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