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Release of execution-drug information could cause “jeopardy,” state says


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The state has rejected a public records request about its execution drugs, saying releasing the information would “jeopardize a person’s safety.”

The letter from the Department of Corrections to a Tallahassee anti-death penalty activist was dated May 8 and provided to the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau this week.

In March, Sheila Meehan, chair of Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty, asked the department for records showing how it was getting the drugs used for lethal injections and from where.

Meehan’s request came after a botched execution in Oklahoma, in which the procedure was halted but the condemned man later died of a heart attack.

The information Meehan sought is “confidential” and exempt from the state’s open-records law, department attorney Rana Wallace wrote.

Specifically, Wallace cited the exemptions of “information which if released would jeopardize a person’s safety” and “information which identifies … any person prescribing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, or administering a lethal injection.”

Fresh Squeezed left a message Tuesday for Corrections Department spokeswoman Jessica Cary for clarification on who’s being “jeopardized” and how. We’ll update when we hear back.

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