Ohio inmates ask to stop March start of lethal injection law

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Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:15 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four death-row inmates who are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs are asking a court to prevent the law from taking effect in March.

The inmates' attorneys filed a motion Monday in federal court in Columbus.

One of the lawyers says in a statement that the law is designed to shut down one side of debate on the issue. Attorney Timothy Sweeney says the Ohio law violates the constitutional right to free speech.

The Ohio attorney general's spokesman says the office will need to review the motion before commenting.

The inmates filed suit last month. The law's supporters say it's necessary to ensure the state has a supply of the drugs to carry out executions.