A legislative hearing on Missouri’s execution practices was cancelled this week when the Director of the Department of Corrections (DOC) would not attend. The hearing before the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee was to examine the way state officials carry out the execution protocol and whether Missouri is allowing the courts to complete the appeal process before an execution proceeds. Ironically, less than an hour before the hearing was to be held in Government Oversight, the Director of the DOC gave testimony to a House Appropriations Committee on the DOC budget. When asked about Missouri’s execution protocol in that hearing, the Director refused to answer questions because of pending litigation, probably relating to the execution of Herbert Smulls.
Posted: January 24, 2014