TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TDCJ

The Texas Supreme Court affirmed this month that the state must reveal the source of the drugs it uses for executions. In handing down this ruling, the Texas Supreme Court rejected the state’s arguments that doing so could lead to physical harm of the supplier and impede lethal injections. Since a sales ban of lethal injection drugs by major pharmaceutical companies a few years ago, most states have kept the suppliers of their drugs secret. This has prompted lawsuits on behalf of death row inmates, arguing that prisoners could be subjected to unconstitutional suffering from faulty drugs in lethal injection mixes from questionable suppliers. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement that it intends to file a motion with the court for a rehearing.

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