Attorney Seeks to Block Lethal Injection Drug Doses From Being Used

by Gabe Bullard on February 24, 2011

An attorney for several death row inmates in Kentucky wants to stop the state from using a recently-acquired stock of a lethal injection drug.

There is a national shortage of sodium thiopental, which is one of the drugs used in executions. The commonwealth recently purchased enough of the drug from a company in Georgia to perform three lethal injections.

Public defender David Barron has asked a judge to block any executions that use the doses purchased from Georgia. He says the purchase violates previous court orders.

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