Tuesday, 22 May 2012 07:02
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
has joined colleagues in 14 other states in asking U.S. Attorney
General Eric Holder to review federal policy on a drug used in
carrying out death sentences.
The letter sent by the attorneys general says recent federal
policy could impair the ability of the states to use lethal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month asked South
Dakota to turn over its supply of sodium thiopental, a drug used to
put inmates to sleep before other lethal drugs are administered.
Jackley told the agency South Dakota has no plans to turn over
the drug. But he said South Dakota will work with the FDA to
alleviate its concerns about South Dakota's supply of the drug,
which was obtained from a foreign supplier.
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