New Organizations File Suit Over Execution Drugs

This week numerous news organizations including the Associated Press, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Kansas City Star filed a suit against the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) to compel it to release information about the drugs the state of Missouri uses in its executions.

In the past the media has been able to obtain information from the DOC regarding the source and nature of the drugs, but starting last fall the department has denied access to those records.  Among other issues, the news organizations are challenging an interpretation of state law by the DOC that the drug supplier can be kept secret as part of the execution team.

The suit comes just days before the scheduled execution of Russell Bucklew on May 21.  This execution will be the first execution in the nation to follow the botched execution in Oklahoma in April.  The MCC has joined other state organizations in calling on Governor Nixon to halt all executions because of the secrecy surrounding the lethal injection drugs and the potential for more botched executions.

For more details on the lawsuit filed by the news organizations, click here.

Posted: May 16, 2014

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