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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