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Death Penalty Drug Case Tied up in Missouri Courts

By Katherine Kreider

Missouri continues to be the first and only state to discuss the use of propofol for executions.

While the case is being decided, the execution dates of 19 inmates have been delayed by the state Supreme Court. Lawyers filed briefs in the Cole County Circuit Court after a ruling from the state Supreme Court.

Supporters of the drug believe that the execution dates should be set promptly. Opponents argue that the use of propofol is a step backward in human rights.

The Missouri Department of Corrections switched to propofol after the manufacturer of the previous drugs used in lethal injections ceased making the drug.

Attorney General Chris Koster spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision to delay executions pending further proceedings and hopes to settle the case as quickly as possible.

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