UPDATE: Corrections reveals execution drugs
On Friday, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced which drugs they plan to use in prison executions. It’s a concoction of four chemicals that corrections said it has on hand.
This comes more than a year after the ACLU of Nebraska called for the Department of Corrections to make public what drugs they would carry out executions with.
ACLU Executive Director Danielle Conrad said Friday’s announcement doesn’t tell enough.
"They have failed to disclose the supplier of those lethal injection drugs—which is critical to understanding where those drugs originated from and what those substances mean for the men on death row," Conrad said.
She said that violates the open records law and constitutional rights of those involved.
The ACLU also raises concerns over the four drugs themselves, saying this combination has never been used in any other state
"This is untested, this is novel, this is dangerous, this is unique," Conrad said. "And this in and of itself, we foresee, will provoke additional, significant, lengthy and costly civil rights litigation."
The Department of Corrections could not be reached for comment, but they said in a statement the drugs have been tested.
The Attorney General’s office also did not return our request for a comment.
Officials notified death row inmate Carey Dean Moore about the execution drugs Friday.
They informed Norfolk bank shooter Jose Sandoval in November.
The Attorney General decides when and whom they will execute.
The ACLU said they already have a case pending against the state, ensuring they have to disclose where they got the drugs from. They say a preliminary hearing for that information is scheduled for February 2nd.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services took one more step toward carrying out executions.
On Friday, they announced which lethal injection drugs they will use. It’s a concoction of four chemicals that corrections said it has on hand.
The announcement comes more than a year after the ACLU of Nebraska called for the NDCS to make public what drugs they would carry out executions with.
But the ACLU said Friday’s announcement didn’t reveal enough. Executive Director Danielle Conrad said corrections must also include where they got the drugs from.
"If the Department of Corrections—and under Governor Ricketts’ leadership—can’t even comply with the open records law around this issue, how on Earth can we trust them to carry out the most severe and grave function of government, which is capital punishment?" Conrad said.
The ACLU said they already have a case pending against the state, ensuring they have to disclosed where they got the drugs from.
No one with the Attorney General’s office or Department of Corrections wanted to do an interview on this.
The Attorney General decides when and who they will execute.
Corrections did notify death row inmate Carey Dean Moore about the lethal injection drugs.