Alabama out of lethal injection drug pentobarbital


Deborah Denno comments to the Associated Press about how Alabama can’t execute death row inmates because the state has run out of the critical first drug given at the start of each lethal injection.

Deborah W. Denno, a law professor at the Fordham University School of Law, said she believes secrecy laws are “dangerous” and there are no grounds for them. She added that it’s impossible to know the quality of the drug without knowing its source.

“We have it now because the more information that’s revealed by departments of corrections and where they are getting these drugs and who’s injecting the drugs, the more problematic we realize the execution process is. The secrecy has been a defensive measure,” Denno said.

The entire Associated Press story ran on March 25, 2014.



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