Justia Arkansas Supreme Court Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in Drugs & Biotech
The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the circuit court requiring the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to provide Plaintiff, an Arkansas resident and attorney, with the pharmaceutical package inserts and labels for its supply of potassium chloride, one of the drugs in the State’s execution protocol. In so ordering, the circuit court held that the General Assembly did not intend to protect the identity of manufacturers of drugs used in the ADC’s lethal-injection protocol. On appeal, the Supreme Court held (1) the circuit court correctly found that the identity of drug manufacturers is not protected under the confidentiality provisions of Ark. Code Ann. 5-4-617; but (2) the ADC is still required to redact certain information such as lot, batch, and/or control numbers that could lead to the identification of other sellers and suppliers in the chain of distribution. View "Arkansas Department of Correction v. Shults" on Justia Law

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Appellant, by and through his attorney, John Irwin, filed a motion for rule on clerk and a motion to be relieved as counsel. Irwin, a full-time, state-salaried public defender, stated in his motion for rule on clerk that the clerk refused to file the untimely record because of Irwin’s failure to follow the Arkansas Rules of Appellate Procedure-Criminal. The Supreme Court granted the motion for rule on clerk, as Irwin candidly admitted fault for the failure to perfect the appeal, and granted the motion to be relieved as counsel, as Irwin was not eligible for compensation on appeal. View "Childers v. State" on Justia Law