The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either.
A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers’ demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug.
State prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply Texas with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.
Two days before Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, the state prison agency remained determined Tuesday to keep its supplier a secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections.
The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower court’s order that the state prison agency must tell attorneys for two death row inmates the name of the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs.
Attorneys for two Texas inmates who would be the first executed with a replenished stockpile of execution drugs are challenging the prison agency’s position that the supplier of the new batch should be kept secret.
Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
The nation’s most active death penalty state will continue to use the same execution drug but won’t say how it will replace its supply that expires this month, Texas prison officials said Thursday.
Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state and officials say they’re running out of the drug used for executions.
Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn once bragged how the carjacking murder that would send him to death row earned him a headline. Now he faces the notoriety of news stories proclaiming him the first Texas prisoner executed under a new single-drug procedure.
Texas prison officials are changing the way they do executions due to a drug shortage.