Judge refuses to toss Missouri execution lawsuit

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Missouri’s execution law to move forward.

U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Thursday denied a motion from the Missouri Department of Corrections to dismiss a lawsuit filed in October by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. The ACLU lawsuit questions a state statute that prohibits identifying members of the execution team.

At issue is Missouri’s refusal to provide the name of the compounding pharmacy that makes pentobarbital for executions. The state considers the pharmacy to be part of the execution team and won’t say who makes the drug.

The ACLU claims the secrecy is “an effort o avoid public scrutiny.”

Nanci Gonder, a spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, declined comment.


  • Steven Sweeney

    Left wing liberals looking out for murderers and rapists and not their victims.typical left wing bleeding hearts.Don’t forget, one of the founders of the ACLU was Helen keller, as you can tell by the left wing angle..

  • rose

    Where ever they get the drug is none of the ACLU’s business, as long as the drug works and gets the job done in proper time.

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