New Questions Raised About State's Imported Lethal Injection Drugs

Newly released documents raise questions about the quality of drugs imported from abroad by state corrections officials to carry out lethal injections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

The documents, obtained by the ACLU through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state Public Records Act requests, suggest that uncertainties persist about the drugs, which were obtained from a UK broker in response to a shortage of American-produced sodium thiopental, the chemical used to administer the death penalty in California.

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