Public info about execution drugs argued in Mississippi

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 2:55 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering whether the state prison system must disclose the name of the pharmacy where it buys execution drugs.

Attorneys made arguments Tuesday about whether the information must be released under the state Public Records Act.

A chancery court judge ruled for disclosure in March, but the information remained secret while the state appealed.

Special assistant attorney general Paul Barnes told justices that releasing the pharmacy's name could expose the business to protests and pressure. He says that happened in Texas.

Jim Craig is an attorney for the New Orleans-based Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, which opposes the death penalty and requested information about Mississippi's execution drug supplier. Craig says the public should know how and where tax dollars are spent.