Judge Orders Idaho To Reveal Some Records Related To Execution Drugs

Jan 30, 2019

A judge has ruled that the Idaho Department of Correction must release parts of records related to its stock of execution drugs.

District Court Judge Lynn Norton combed through hundreds of pages of documents, ordering state officials to hand over limited records of the names and quantities of drugs used in recent executions.

But Norton did not require them to disclose expiration dates at this time. The department also has to hand over the name of a company that used to supply the state with these drugs.

A University of Idaho Law professor sued the state last year after filing an unsuccessful public records request.

Norton did uphold the redaction of records that reveal the names of people involved with the injection, medical or transport teams, as well as documents outlining security procedures surrounding executions.

The order comes after two days of testimony detailing the extent to which the Idaho Department of Correction withheld certain records, or in one case, flatly denied that they existed to a BuzzFeed News journalist.

The department is still weighing whether to appeal the ruling. State officials have until Friday at noon to make a decision.

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