On Wednesday, an Oklahoma judge voided that state’s execution law, agreeing with inmates that a “veil of secrecy” preventing them from seeking information about the drugs used in lethal injections violated their rights under the state constitution. Oklahoma officials plan to appeal.
Oklahoma is among the states that have promised companies confidentiality if they will provide the sedatives or paralyzing agents used to execute condemned prisoners, and went beyond that to prevent information from being revealed even in court.
Jen Moreno, a staff attorney at U.C. Berkeley School of Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, said the decision in the Oklahoma case “shows there is a growing concern by courts that states are keeping information secret.”
Arkansas and Missouri keep execution information secret.
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