Court: Execution drug maker a secret in Georgia


ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that a law that keeps secret the source of its execution drug is constitutional.

But two justices who disagreed with the ruling Monday said they worried the confidentiality could lead to botched executions like the one in Oklahoma last month.

In a 5-to-2 decision, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution for convicted killer Warren Lee Hill. His lawyers argued they need to know where the drug comes from so they know whether they have grounds to challenge it on the basis of the constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

The source of execution drugs has become contentious in the U.S. since drug makers began refusing to sell products to use in executions.

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