Lawyer Seeks Review of Nebraska's Lethal Injection Drug
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A
lawyer for death-row inmate Michael Ryan has asked the Nebraska Supreme
Court to order a review of how state corrections officials got a lethal
injection drug made by a Swiss company.
Nebraska and several other states were forced to buy the drug
overseas when the last U.S. manufacturer quit making it in 2010 because
of death-penalty opposition from customers.
Defense lawyer Rob
Kortus, of the Nebraska Commission of Public Advocacy, questions the
quality of sodium thiopental in a court filing. Nebraska bought its
supply from a middleman.
Sodium thiopental recently has been
banned for export by the European Union and is becoming increasingly
difficult to get. It is made in India and China.