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Unpublished Paper
Executing on an Empty Tank: Protecting the Supply of Lethal Injection Drugs From Public Records Requests
ExpressO (2015)
  • Ira K Rushing, Mississippi College School of Law
Abstract
With the US Supreme Court holding the death penalty and lethal injection as Constitutional, there has been a new strategy for condemned prisoners. Using public information requests to discover the identities of the suppliers of lethal injection drugs and others in ancillary roles, the media has broad range to publish this information. This has led to many suppliers and compounding pharmacies to withhold supplies of the drugs to states using them in executions. This paper lays out a history of the death penalty in Mississippi that has gotten us to this point. It then attempts to provide persuasive arguments on the necessity to extend protection to these additional participants in the execution procedure, pointing out the impact on several states with similar execution protocol.
Keywords
  • death penalty,
  • lethal injection
Publication Date
January 28, 2015
Citation Information
Ira K Rushing. "Executing on an Empty Tank: Protecting the Supply of Lethal Injection Drugs From Public Records Requests" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ira_rushing/1/