Court Rules to Protect Source of Lethal Drugs

This week the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s prison officials are not obligated to reveal the source of the drugs used for lethal injection. The ruling addresses whether the current law protecting the identity of the individuals in the execution team includes the provider of the drugs. Several media organizations petitioned the court under the Sunshine Law to provide documents that identified the source of the lethal drugs for the prison system. The appellate court denied their request ruling that disclosing the identity of the provider could be a “backdoor” means to frustrate the state’s ability to carry out an execution. This case is likely to be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.