Judge: Georgia can keep execution drug provider secret

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Posted: Oct 21, 2016 3:14 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta says Georgia doesn't have to reveal information about its execution drug to two Mississippi death row inmates.

U.S. District Judge J. Clay Fuller ruled Thursday that Georgia law prohibits the release of that information. Georgia uses the barbiturate pentobarbital made by an undisclosed compounding pharmacy to carry out executions.

Mississippi death row inmates Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase sought the information as part of a legal challenge to Mississippi's three-drug execution method.

The inmates question why Mississippi doesn't adopt a one-drug execution method as other states, like Georgia, Missouri and Texas, have done. They subpoenaed Georgia for details about its execution drug to meet their legal burden of showing there's a known, available alternative. Fuller granted the state's request to quash that subpoena.