"Oklahoma's secrecy over execution drugs is wrong," is the Oklahoman OpEd by Oklahoma State University professor Joel Senat.
A recent lawsuit filed by two Oklahoma death row inmates should remind opponents and proponents of the death penalty why open government is crucial to an informed public’s oversight of its policymakers.
The inmates, scheduled for March executions, sued the Department of Corrections because Oklahoma law keeps secret — even from the prisoners and the courts — the supplier of the lethal injection drugs used in its executions. The statute even exempts the purchase of the drugs from the state’s Central Purchasing Act. Such secrecy in government typically breeds corruption, incompetency and inefficiency.
Earlier coverage of Oklahoma lethal injection issues begins at the link.