Media File Lawsuit to Challenge Execution Secrecy

Jim Salter / Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Associated Press and four other news organizations are suing the state of Missouri, alleging the state’s secretive process of obtaining lethal injection drugs prohibits public oversight of executions.

The lawsuit filed Thursday asks a judge to order the Missouri Department of Corrections to make public where it purchases drugs for executions and disclose details about the composition and quality of the drugs.

Missouri is among several states that refuse to disclose where execution drugs are purchased, what is in them, or how they are tested.

Joining the AP in the lawsuit is Guardian US, the British newspaper’s New York-based American operation; The Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Springfield News-Leader.

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