Judge allows destruction of expired Ohio lethal drug supply

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FILE – This Nov. 5, 2005 file photo, shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. A federal judge ruled Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, that Ohio can shield the identity of people or entities involving in obtaining or using lethal injection drugs for executions, rejecting defense attorneys’ arguments that the […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is allowing an Ohio prison pharmacist to destroy the state’s supply of expired lethal injection drugs.

The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz in Dayton on Friday follows the state’s request to eliminate the three-drug supply. The state’s request was unopposed by lawyers representing death row inmates.

Executions have been on hold in Ohio while the prisons system looks for new supplies of lethal drugs.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who opposed using expired drugs for executions, has ordered a new lethal injection protocol.

The governor says finding new drugs is complicated by concerns that drug companies who supply the state with pharmaceuticals for various purposes will cut off supplies if some drugs are used for executions.

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