Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thursday News Roundup

Kentucky - State acquires key drug used in executions

The state has acquired enough of a key drug used in executions to put three condemned inmates to death.

Kentucky and other states have had to look for other sources of the drug, an anesthetic called sodium thiopental, after the sole U.S. maker said in January it would not resume production.

The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced Tuesday the state had bought 18 grams of the drug from CorrectHealth, a Georgia correctional health care company.

Missouri - Judging reality: Possible reform for the public defender crisis inches forward

The Missouri Supreme Court has confirmed that the Public Defender Commission, which oversees the public defender system, is empowered to set maximum caseloads and, using a special protocol, allowed to refuse appointments when limits are exceeded.