Civil rights group sues Missouri for concealing suppliers of execution drugs

by Carey Gillam, Reuters  |  published on October 25, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Missouri | The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri prison officials on Wednesday seeking to force the state to divulge the compounding pharmacies that supply its lethal execution drugs and identities of other members of its death row execution team.

The lawsuit came a day after the state said it would start classifying those pharmacies among the various personnel and entities involved in administering the death penalty in Missouri and thus shielded from public disclosure of their identities.

The lawsuit accuses the state of unconstitutionally censoring information the public has a right to know, including where the state is procuring drugs it uses to put condemned inmates to death.

“The government’s trend toward unwarranted secrecy that conceals practices of doubtful constitutionality needs to stop,” Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the Missouri unit of the ACLU, said in a statement.

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