Execution law similar to Missouri's ruled unconstitutional

Mar 27, 2014

execution gurney
Credit California Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons

An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday ruled that the state's execution law is unconstitutional because it prevents inmates from finding out the source of the drugs used in executions.

The Missouri attorney general's office isn't commenting on any potential implications from a court ruling about Oklahoma's execution policies.

Missouri's execution law remains in place, but the state has a similar privacy provision that state officials have cited while declining to release the identity of the business that supplies its execution drugs.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster declined to comment Wednesday about the Oklahoma court ruling, citing the fact that it involved ongoing litigation.