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Lawsuit filed against state Corrections Department

A Pennsylvania woman is suing the state Corrections Department for not responding to an open records request seeking information about the drugs used for executions.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: February 7, 2014

An Oklahoma City attorney is suing the state Corrections Department on behalf of a Pennsylvania woman for not responding to an open records request.

Megan McCracken, counsel at the Berkeley Law School's Death Penalty Clinic, submitted a records request to the department Jan. 1 requesting information regarding the state's lethal injection protocol.

The request asks for, among other things, drug chain of custody documents, correspondences with pharmacies, and any records or documents regarding the manufacturers and distributors of any drugs used for the purpose of execution.

Oklahoma became a larger part of the national debate on the use of pentobarbital, a sedative more commonly used on animals, in executions after both a Tulsa-based compounding pharmacy was alleged to have been providing the drug to the state of Missouri to carry out the death penalty and an Oklahoma death row inmate's last words suggested to some he felt pain while receiving his lethal injection.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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