LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas officials are appealing a judge's decision to deny their motion to dismiss a lawsuit by death row inmates challenging the state's execution law.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Wednesday filed a notice that it was appealing Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's denial of their motion to dismiss the case earlier this month. The case is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
The state had argued that it had sovereign immunity from the lawsuit.
Nine death row inmates, eight of whom had been scheduled for execution until earlier this month, are challenging the constitutionality of the execution law, which keeps information about its lethal injection drug suppliers secret. The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay in the eight executions until after Griffen can hear those challenges.