Inmate Tommy Arthur asks for more lethal injection information

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for a death row inmate said Alabama should be forced to disclose more information about lethal injection procedures before resuming executions.

Tommy Arthur (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Tommy Arthur (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Attorneys for inmate Tommy Arthur in a Wednesday court filing said the state needs to disclose information including how the drugs are delivered, how inmate consciousness is monitored and the expiration dates of drugs in hand.

The state is seeking to resume executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma’s use of the sedative midazolam, the same drug that Alabama plans to begin using.

A federal judge must decide what to do with Arthur’s challenge to the use of the drug as cruel and unusual punishment.

The Alabama attorney general’s office said that the drug has been ruled legal. Arthur’s lawyer says Alabama’s protocol is different from Oklahoma’s.