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ACLU sues Missouri for records on execution drug

Oct 06, 2013 -- 5:15pm


A lawsuit involving the state’s open records law and executions has been  filed in Missouri…The American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday that the Missouri Department of Corrections violated the state's open records law when it failed to turn over records related to its planned use of the anesthetic propofol in executions.  The suit seeks unspecified damages and asks the court to require the corrections department to turn over the requested records.  Corrections department has not released any comment.  Executions on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 would be the first using propofol, most of which is made in Europe. The European Union reportedly may impose export controls if propofol is used for lethal injection.  ACLU officials say they requested records in August, but five weeks later, still have no response.  

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