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Attorney Seeks to Block Lethal Injection Drug Doses From Being Used

An attorney for several death row inmates in Kentucky wants to stop the state from using a recently-acquired stock of a lethal injection drug.There is a national shortage of sodium thiopental, which is one of the drugs used in executions. The commonwealth recently purchased enough of the drug from a company in Georgia to perform three lethal injections.Public defender David Barron has asked a judge to block any executions that use the doses purchased from Georgia. He says the purchase violates previous court orders.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.