State high court rules plans for ex­e­cu­tion can be se­cret

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

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.

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