The US state of Arkansas has executed its first death row inmate in 12 years, the first of a group of eight men the authorities are trying to expedite before a drug used in the lethal injection expires. Ledell Lee, 51, had served more than 20 years on death row for the 1993 beating to death of a woman. The seven other men were due to be put to death over the next 10 days. .JohnGrisham: Stop the #execution madness in Arkansas https://t.co/oZDUcsNNNV via usatoday— Indiana State Bar (@IndianaStateBar) 10 avril 2017 If Arkansas gets its way this will be the most people executed in as short a period by any state since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. However courts have halted four of these, including back-to-back executions scheduled for Monday. For my full statement on the recent court decisions regarding scheduled execution dates, click here: https://t.co/41VFrMygwa #arnews #arleg— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) 15 avril 2017 Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson set the execution schedule because the state uses a three-drug cocktail involving the sedative midazolan, and Arkansas’s stocks reach the end of their shelf life at the end of April. The ignoble history of the 3-drug death penalty cocktail https://t.co/Y8tR2amq5E— GCADP (@GCADP) 21 avril 2017 Midazolan, a low-cost generic opioid has been used since pentabarbitol was withdrawn from penal use by its European manufacturers, but the replacement has produced a number of incidents where death was prolonged and painful. Date limite d’humanité #Arkansas #execution pic.twitter.com/SNggebBKnN— delucq (@DelucqX) 20 avril 2017 *Seen from abroad: Cartoonist Delucq – Executions speed up before products expire – “Can my last request be to have a cigarette?” “Ah no, we’ve got some out-of-date yogurts to finish”.