Texas Attorney General Says State Can Keep Execution Drug Sources Secret
Greg Abbott's statement comes in the wake of a nationwide debate about states' secrecy surrounding the drugs used in executions.
Texas Attorney General and Republican nominee for governor, Greg Abbott, said Thursday that the state does not have to disclose the sources of lethal injection drugs used in executions.
The decision marked a reversal from Abbott, who had rejected three similar attempts by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to keep the sources of the drugs secret since 2010.
The department has argued that maintaining secrecy about the drug's suppliers was necessary to protect the company from threats of violence.
In a May 12 brief, Abbott, while opposing the request to stop inmate Robert James Campbell's execution, said that pentobarbital had been successfully used in 33 executions in Texas.
Abbott's latest decision was in response to an open records request filed ahead of the April executions of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells (pictured below) and convicted killer Ramiro Hernandez-Llans.