Texas finds new supplier for lethal injection drugs

posted at 1:21 pm on March 20, 2014 by Gabriel Malor

Amid dwindling support for capital punishment, one of the many challenges facing states that intend to carry out death sentences for inmates has been a lack of lethal injection drugs.  Companies that previously produced the drugs have been declining to sell them to states, citing ethical qualms and, occasionally, threats of harm. Just this week, an Oklahoma appeals court put two executions on hold because the state had run out of pentobarbital, the first drug in the typical three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections. Now Texas has announced that it has found a new supply of the drugs and the state is not telling where it got them.

The decision to keep details about the drugs and their source secret puts the agency at odds with past rulings of the state attorney general’s office, which has said the state’s open records law requires the agency to disclose specifics about the drugs it uses to carry out lethal injections.

“We are not disclosing the identity of the pharmacy because of previous, specific threats of serious physical harm made against businesses and their employees that have provided drugs used in the lethal injection process,” said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark.

That seems about right. To the extent disclosure would put individuals or property in danger, Texas should not tell where it got the drugs. Feelings run hot about the death penalty, but opponents of the practice do themselves no favors when they threaten violence.

Several states have experimented with new lethal injection procedures, but not always successfully. And if the idea is to shut down capital punishment by strangling the supply of lethal injection drugs, there are plenty of other ways to execute a person.


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Winchester? Or are we not talking about injecting lead?

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

NE needs to get some of that stash too…

OmahaConservative on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

And if the idea is to shut down capital punishment by strangling the supply of lethal injection drugs, there are plenty of other ways to execute a person.

Just bring back Ol’ Sparky…

OmahaConservative on March 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yay!

Ward Cleaver on March 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Now Texas has announced that it has found a new supply of the drugs and the state is not telling where it got them.

Craigslist?

Ward Cleaver on March 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

POSTED AT 1:21 PM ON MARCH 20, 2014 BY GABRIEL MALOR

Hey Gabriel, what brings you over here?

Ward Cleaver on March 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Just use some heroin confiscated in drug raids…it’s free…

PatriotRider on March 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Winchester? Or are we not talking about injecting lead?

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread Winner

gwelf on March 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I vote for the cattle air gun method, like that dude in “No Country For Old Men” used.

MJBrutus on March 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

…there are plenty of other ways to execute a person

Heard there’s some high grade heroin on the streets of New York.

tru2tx on March 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I’d like to see a megaton or two air-dropped to Washington, D.C. It would be to protect the environment from dangerous viruses.

HomeoftheBrave on March 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Gabe? Is this your first post on hotair?

Welcome!

We’ll have to see if we can rustle up some hobo jerky and value-rite so you’ll feel right at home.

gwelf on March 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Bullets are cheap, and rope even more so.

NotCoach on March 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Why don’t they go to the local supermarket and buy food processed in China? Maybe it’s just me but when it comes to food, that milk stunt a few years ago still scares me.

teejk on March 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Eh, if libs want to strangle the supply of drugs we can just stangle the criminals instead then. Rope is cheap and reusable. Just call it a renewable resource and green friendly :)

Skwor on March 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Eh, if libs want to strangle the supply of drugs we can just stangle the criminals instead then. Rope is cheap and reusable. Just call it a renewable resource and green friendly :)

Skwor on March 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The rope can also generate revenue. Just cut it up and sell it as a souvenir with official documentation for who the rope was used on to send to hell.

NotCoach on March 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Bullets are cheap, and rope even more so.

NotCoach on March 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Rope, definitely. It’s eco-friendly and reusable.

A short drop and a sudden stop.

CurtZHP on March 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Lots gun ranges in Texas.

Just put the guy behind the silhouette target!

Instant lead poisoning.

txdoc on March 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

What are the derelict bureaucrats in Oklahoma doing?

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Amid dwindling support for capital punishment,

Bull-$hite. Just one of the many lies thug lovers like Malor like to tell.

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Texas won’t be able to hide, the FOIA laws are too strong. I bet Texas paid a premium for the drugs. It is only a matter of time until the Republican Party has to face the news, the prolife crowd won’t tolerate the death penalty much longer. Great thing about the millennials is they see all the reasons why the death penalty is pointless, the cost is way too much to do it right.

jayhawkboilermaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Why not bring back Old West hanging?

As the United States began to expand west, most new states favored the death penalty, and hanging continued to be the most popular means of execution. In addition, disregarding the trend set by many northern states, these states would hang criminals for offenses like robbery and rape. Because of the abundant lawlessness and crime in the Wild West, judges were strict, and hangings were commonplace.

Wikipedia – Hanging in the United States

Capital punishment is a good deterrent and has a long established history in the US.

sauldalinsky on March 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Good for Texas. Lethal injection is by far the most humane way to carry out capital punishment. Hang ‘em high if they are too squeamish about putting scum to sleep though. In public would be better. Nothing like hanging a criminal in his own neighborhood to keep his pals in line.

HotAirian on March 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

For a while there they were arguing that starting the IV was cruel and unusual punishment because — owie!

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Bullets are cheap, and rope even more so.

NotCoach on March 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The libs should like this. It’s Green.

Oil Can on March 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

jayhawkboilermaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

ANTI death penalty is NOT a pro life crowd. They are a “pro more privileges for murderers than for victims” crowd.

Also my three millennial children would strongly disagree with your characterization of the death penalty as they are all strong supporters of it, especially as a guarantee against repeat offending.

Skwor on March 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Wikipedia – Hanging in the United States
Capital punishment is a good deterrent and has a long established history in the US.

sauldalinsky on March 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If they’re not sure how to set it up right since it’s been so long, they could hire some Iranian consultants. I hear they have a good line on cranes and other useful equipment.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

For a while there they were arguing that starting the IV was cruel and unusual punishment because — owie!

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

“Shouldn’t you swab that first? I might get an infection…”

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Texas won’t be able to hide, the FOIA laws are too strong. I bet Texas paid a premium for the drugs. It is only a matter of time until the Republican Party has to face the news, the prolife crowd won’t tolerate the death penalty much longer. Great thing about the millennials is they see all the reasons why the death penalty is pointless, the cost is way too much to do it right.

jayhawkboilermaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Take the easy path, go back to hanging. Let the proggies boycott rope manufacturers.

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Yes, let’s let the state inject people with secret concoctions of drugs that they don’t have to disclose, may of which are untested and never meant to be used for executions.

Does that sound “about right” to you, Gabe? Nothing says “small government” and “freedom” like injecting people with secret drugs. I’m sure the state did all their due diligence on this, of course. Government can be trusted.

CTD on March 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Clorox, Mister Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles.

Works for me! :)

Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Great thing about the millennials is they see all the reasons why the death penalty is pointless, the cost is way too much to do it right.

jayhawkboilermaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

So the Fort Hood shooter, who killed 13 and wounded 30 shouldn’t even be facing the possibilty of death? Timothy McVeigh? those involved with the 9/11/01 atrocities?

Bottom line is that there are some crimes that merit capital punishment no matter what the pansies of the millenial generation feels about it as they put on their onesies and drink their wine coolers.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Skwor on March 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I could not agree more. Favoring the death penalty is entirely appropriate for the pro-life movement. I am unaware of any murders committed by an executed criminal. If Gosnell ever escapes or (heaven forbid) is released, he would continue to murder children. It’s just basic logic that you can save lives by executing murderers.

Komsomoletz on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I personally think it should not be considered “cruel and unusual” if the criminal dies the same way their victim died.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Yes, let’s let the state inject people with secret concoctions of drugs that they don’t have to disclose, may of which are untested and never meant to be used for executions.

Does that sound “about right” to you, Gabe? Nothing says “small government” and “freedom” like injecting people with secret drugs. I’m sure the state did all their due diligence on this, of course. Government can be trusted.

CTD on March 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

You have a point…to bad it is on your head. Gabe is only arguing that the state has a good reason not to disclose where they got the drugs from, NOT what drugs they are using.

Skwor on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Clorox, Mister Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles.

Works for me! :)

Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I forgot:

1. Spray & Wipe

or

2. Vanish.

Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Excellent News,….now the resumption of snuffing out the evil
ones
can commence once again!!

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Does Texas still have that “express lane” Ron White used to talk about?

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Good to see ya on loan from ASHQ and writing at Hotgas Gabriel

workingclass artist on March 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Yep, heroin was mentioned above. That would work great – huge pleasant rush, and you could be certain it would work since these persons have been sitting on death row for years and are undoubtedly clean. No tolerance built up.

Surellin on March 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

US lethal injection drug controversy
Texas, US
17h
Texas executed Ray Jasper with current inventory of pentobarbital; new batch of drugs expected to be used in April – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
==============================

Texas, US
21h
Officials: Texas obtains new supply of execution drugs weeks before existing batch expires – @AP
see original on twitter.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-lethal-injection-drug-shortage/

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yes, let’s let the state inject people with secret concoctions of drugs that they don’t have to disclose, may of which are untested and never meant to be used for executions.

Does that sound “about right” to you, Gabe? Nothing says “small government” and “freedom” like injecting people with secret drugs. I’m sure the state did all their due diligence on this, of course. Government can be trusted.

CTD on March 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Hey I don’t care if it is a mixture of Drano and a fine Chianti–just take the trash out.

HatfieldMcCoy on March 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Yep, heroin was mentioned above. That would work great – huge pleasant rush, and you could be certain it would work since these persons have been sitting on death row for years and are undoubtedly clean. No tolerance built up.

Surellin on March 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I’m sure I read that Phil S. Hoffman left behind a pretty good supply….

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I hear they have a good line on cranes and other useful equipment.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

.
Just for the record, I still don’t believe that Brody has been executed… it was a stunt.

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Amazed that we’re having a national discussion still about the degree to which discomfort is felt by adult criminals being executed with drugs similar to what an anesthesiologist uses, but we rip the back of a child’s neck open to implode their skulls and evacuate their brains with no pain-killer whatsoever. The advocates of capital punishment even via means of lethal injection are called monsters. The advocates of late-term abortions are lauded as heroes by the media and run for the Governor’s Office in Texas.

Pardon me if I’m not all upset at the prospects of minor anxiety attacks while strapped to the table.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So, Ace of Spades is boarding HotAir. I hope they come in peace, what with the slitting of throats and all that… Welcome, Gabe!

Troy Rasmussen on March 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I hope Texas is buying it in 55 gal drums.

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Yay! Now we can pick up the pace. An average of one execution a month is too slow.

NativeTexan on March 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Pardon me if I’m not all upset at the prospects of minor anxiety attacks while strapped to the table.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

hawkdriver: Count me in on your sentiments:)

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Yay! Now we can pick up the pace. An average of one execution a month is too slow.

NativeTexan on March 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Re-open the express lane.

3 or more victims, and multiple eyewitnesses, this way please….

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Now Texas has announced that it has found a new supply of the drugs and the state is not telling where it got them.

Craigslist?

Ward Cleaver on March 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

SilkRoad.com 2.0.

Gene Hunt on March 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Pardon me if I’m not all upset at the prospects of minor anxiety attacks while strapped to the table.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, I’m pretty sure “how are you feeling today” isn’t one of the questions that comes up in that situation.

But somebody should ask abortion Barbie about her views on capital punishment. Given that she has no problem with the murder of children.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Why are you publishing Gabriel Malor here?

The man is a notorious supporter of RINOs and the Republican establishment.

chuckh on March 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I assume a number of people here have had IV valium or some other type of benzo. It feels great. A number of those execused will make remarks that it does feel great. Consequently, some defense attys have been coaching their clients to say it is causing them pain.

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Rope, gas, lead and current are always available as alternatives. They could even charge the chair using green windmill energy!

Annar on March 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

They could even charge the chair using green windmill energy!

Annar on March 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I like that idea – it’s green!!
Strap them in and make them stay there until the wind blows enough to snuff’em out. A gusty day would be fun to watch.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Too bad the new injections aren’t made of 30-06. 165 gr, jacketed soft point.

Ruckus_Tom on March 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I hope Texas is buying it in 55 gal drums.

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

You would have to make sure that the expiration happens before the expiration.

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Rope, some wood for scaffolding. Very cheap. And it has the added benefit of removing the therapeutic aura of prison from the equation.

GWB on March 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I don’t understand why we can’t just hang them? Cost effective and the rope can be recycled.

lonestar1 on March 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

We should bring back “Old Sparky”

golfer1 on March 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You would have to make sure that the expiration happens before the expiration.

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Okay, so if other drugs (and food) become dangerous and could kill you if you use them after their expiration date, what happens with drugs that are designed to kill you?

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The other night I was reading about the abolitionist John Brown. He was hanged one month after his conviction. No jacking around and no lengthy appeals process then.

Ward Cleaver on March 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Pardon me if I’m not all upset at the prospects of minor anxiety attacks while strapped to the table.

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

hawkdriver: Count me in on your sentiments:)

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

same here … I also believe they should die the way they killed their victims

conservative tarheel on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

And if the idea is to shut down capital punishment by strangling the supply of lethal injection drugs, there are plenty of other ways to execute a person.

This is Texas. We have guns and a lot of folks who know how to use them effectively. We have lots of rope. We have no shortage of electricity.

Sorry to sound so callous but these death row inmates are the scum of the earth. In Texas we don’t like to keep on providing 3 hots and a cot to them.

A void gets filled.

neyney on March 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Clorox, Mister Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles.
Works for me! :)
Shy Guy on March 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Or, just a big bubble of nothing

A syringe filled with air would work and actually cost nothing

Doyle Hargrave on March 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The AP used FOIA to try to get the name of the pharmacy (compounding pharmacy) from the state of Oklahoma.

The state refused.

The AP guessed who was making the drug(s). The AP appears to have guessed correctly. The supply dried up to the state of Oklahoma.

The process is for the AP to find out who makes the drug, and then various left wing groups provide the protesters to intimidate the company/pharmacy.

It may be necessary for the state to set up its own lab.

goatweed on March 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

I don’t understand why we can’t just hang them? Cost effective and the rope can be recycled.

lonestar1 on March 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Precisely. You would think the libs would be overjoyed at the state using renewable execution products.

Besides, hangings are so “kinetic.”

trapeze on March 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Precisely. You would think the libs would be overjoyed at the state using renewable execution products.

Besides, hangings are so “kinetic.”

trapeze on March 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Great points. Can someone work out the Carbon signature of the various forms of execution?

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Another murderer is just about ready to shuffle of this mortal coil, this time in FL. He beat two female coworkers to death so he could grab the 1k in the till.

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I say we build a giant one of those Slap-Chop thingys.

trigon on March 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

My error. The guy they executed in FL, beat the two women with a hammer and then set them on fire. They burned to death.

Blake on March 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

there are plenty of other ways to execute a person.

The same manner of killing that the person is convicted of.

For example, if the person was convicted of throwing acid in a victim’s face and that victim died as a result then the convicted murderer should have acid thrown in his face until dead.

jaime on March 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Texas won’t be able to hide, the FOIA laws are too strong. I bet Texas paid a premium for the drugs. It is only a matter of time until the Republican Party has to face the news, the prolife crowd won’t tolerate the death penalty much longer. Great thing about the millennials is they see all the reasons why the death penalty is pointless, the cost is way too much to do it right.

jayhawkboilermaker on March 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Emphasis mine.

As long as they ban abortion then I could go with eliminating the death penalty. This whole kill the innocent but save the guilty way of thinking is insane.

Theophile on March 21, 2014 at 12:26 AM