KMOX-AM, CBS St. Louis reports, "Prison Guard Investigated for Supporting Death Row Inmates' Clemency Request."
The Potosi Correctional Center is investigating a staff member for the offense of “over-familiarity” because the staff member has pledged support for inmate John Winfield’s petition for clemency.
According to court documents, the guard has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.
He has supervised Winfield’s work for years and “superlatively describes Mr. Winfield’s work habits, his kindness to other prisoners, and the respect with which he is regarded by staff and prisoners alike.”
The staff members notes that Winfield took a special interest in looking after the inmates in the Special Needs Unit, who have disabilities, and he further describes Winfield as among the “elite one percent of all inmates.”
"Inmate challenges death penalty drug secrecy," is the AP report, via the Springfield News-Leader.
The next Missouri death row inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection wants a Cole County judge to halt his June 18 execution over concerns that the state's refusal to disclose its drug supplier violates laws protecting the public's right to know.
An attorney for condemned inmate John Winfield on Wednesday asked a judge in the state capital to issue a preliminary injunction that would postpone the scheduled execution. The legal challenge argues that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating state public records laws by keeping the identity of its execution drug supplier and other details secret.
Earlier coverage from Missouri begins at the link.