/Death row inmates claim win in case over lethal injection ingredients

Death row inmates claim win in case over lethal injection ingredients

Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase from Mississippi want this information in a civil-rights suit to stop Mississippi’s use of a three-drug combination that they claim causes “a torturous demise” by conscious suffocation, internal burning, and unconsciousness. As appeals continue for their cases, neither man has been scheduled to be executed. A federal district court in Missouri granted permission in July for the state to reveal the ingredients of its execution cocktail. Friday’s federal appeals court did not overturn the lower court judge’s order that Missouri Department of Corrections reveal the drug information requested by Chase and Jordan. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals panel of three judges ruled that the lower court’s order doesn’t impose an “undue burden” on Missouri and rejected Missouri’s contention that disclosing suppliers’ identities would prevent Missouri from execution prisoners. The MacArthur Justice Center’s New Orleans office represented Chase and Jordan. Craig stated in a press release that Missouri had been concealing this information for too long. “It would have been fundamentally unfair for the law, on one hand, to require our clients produce evidence of known, available alternatives’ Mississippi’s proposed method to execution and, on the other, to prevent us obtaining evidence of those alternative methods.” Chase and Jordan, through Craig, asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop the state penitentiary using uncertified compounded pentobarbital and similar drugs in its execution protocol. Executions could be hampered or made inhumane if there is no way to identify the drug. Craig stated that the Missouri Department of Corrections would be required to provide the documents requested by his clients within 14 days of the appeals court’s decision. Unable to comment immediately, a Missouri agency spokesperson was not available. Jordan, aged 70, is the longest-serving death row inmate. In 1998, he was convicted of a Jackson County murder. Chase, 47, was convicted of murder in Jackson County in 1990. Late Friday afternoon, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to us today as part of the Spring Member Drive.