By JIM SALTER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs.
A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri are among them.
The secrecy comes as most states now rely on loosely regulated "compounding pharmacies" for execution drugs but refuse to name them. They cite concerns about backlash that could endanger the supplier's safety.
Defense attorneys question how an inmate's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment can be guaranteed if nothing is known about the drug being used to kill him.
Proponents say forcing states to reveal their drug source can amount to obstruction of justice by delaying executions.
Welsh-Huggins reported from Columbus, Ohio.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sunday, August 20 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:11:20 GMT
The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $21.6 million in grosses from 3,337 theaters according to...More
The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $21.6 million in grosses from 3,337 theaters according to studio estimates Sunday.More