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Nebraska court orders disclosure of execution drug records

Posted at 1:20 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 14:20:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court says prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs.

Friday's ruling could threaten Nebraska's ability to carry out executions. The court ordered the documents to be disclosed for public scrutiny. Justices sided with The Omaha World-Herald, The Lincoln Journal Star and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska. They sued the Department of Correctional Services after the agency refused to release records related to its supply in 2017.

Department officials at the time were under increasing pressure to obtain lethal injection drugs as death-penalty critics questioned whether Nebraska would ever carry out another execution.