State high court rules plans for execution can be secret
JACKSON | Mississippi does not have to publicly disclose details of how it carries out executions, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.
In a 7-2 decision, the Mississippi Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit that argued the state’s corrections department hadn’t disclosed enough information in response to a 2014 public records request.
A judge had ordered more information disclosed, but the state appealed. Last year, while the appeal was still pending, legislators changed the law to shield drug purchases and other execution methods from public disclosure.
The state argues that releasing information allows death penalty opponents to terminate the supply using public pressure.