DEA grabs Georgia’s Drug Used in Executions

Sounds like the DEA has too much time on its hands. The drug worked swell before, so why not give it another go? Any excuse for Obama to carry out his agenda. Any and all. Let me think…gee, I hope he won’t get cancer from an unapproved drug.

All Georgia executions are off after federal drug agents seized the state’s supply of a sedative used in lethal injections that has been challenged by capital punishment critics and death-row inmates, including a man recently executed who called the British exporter of the drug a “fly-by-night supplier.”

The drug was used in January to execute Emmanuel Hammond, a 45-year-old man convicted for the 1988 shotgun slaying of an Atlanta preschool teacher. His attorneys sought a delay to gather more information on how the state obtained the drug, claiming in court documents it came from a “fly-by-night supplier operating from the back of a driving school in England.” They said the drug could have been counterfeit.

The U.S. Supreme Court, as well as lower courts, rejected Hammond’s argument.

“The United States has strict drug import rules for a reason: To ensure drugs used for legitimate purposes are not adulterated, counterfeit, or diverted into the illicit market,” said Bentivoglio, who is representing death row inmate Andrew Grant DeYoung

The state’s stockpile came under more scrutiny in February when John Bentivoglio, a former deputy attorney general, asked the Justice Department to launch an investigation into whether state corrections officials violated federal law by not registering with the DEA when it imported its supply of sodium thiopental. CNS News

FDA Helps States Get Execution Drug

The Food and Drug Administration helped Arizona and California obtain a quick overseas source of a hard-to-find execution drug even as the agency declared it would not regulate or block imports, records show.

The ACLU accused the FDA of trying to hold two contradictory positions at once.

“The FDA is actively assisting these states, but they’re not enforcing the law, and they’re not doing anything to determine that the drugs are what they’re claimed to be and that they work properly,” said Natasha Minkser, death penalty policy director for the ACLU’s Northern California chapter More at .CNBC

Down memory lane, recall this? Supreme Court OK’s non-apporved execution drugs – yes, the ACLU had brought this up last year before the Supreme Court because the Non-approved drug “could be dangerous”

Guess who voted to stay the executions?? Yes, Sotomayer and Kagan.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayorand Kagan voted for the stay. Justice Elena Kagancast her first vote on the Supreme Court late Tuesday, joining the liberals in dissent when the high court cleared the way for the execution of an Arizona murderer.

“There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe,” the Supreme Court said.  GEE WHIZ.

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