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Texas' Top Prosecutor: Drug Source Can Be Secret

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014, 05:54 AM CDT

Texas' attorney general has determined the state can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger.

In the decision, Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office cited a "threat assessment" signed by Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McGraw. It says pharmacies selling execution drugs face "a substantial threat of physical harm."

Thursday's decision was a reversal for the state's top prosecutor on an issue being challenged in several death penalty states.

It came the same day that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said his state should consider creating its own laboratory for execution drugs rather than relying on "uneasy cooperation" with outside sources.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Texas' Top Prosecutor: Drug Source Can Be Secret


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