Thanks to the Anniston Star for publishing this letter from a drug maker that is indeed committed to “promoting human health.” (Click on the letter for a larger pdf version.)

SC lawmakers advance bill to shield execution-drug sellers

The identities of drug companies that supply execution drugs to South Carolina would become secret under legislation approved Tuesday by a panel of state lawmakers.
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NOTE: there are actually two bills, one in the senate and a companion bill in the house. This will speed up the process of having it become law, since both can work their way up simultaneously and then be combined by a conference committee. Full text of each bill (will be updated soon after there is action on a bill):  S. 553   and H. 3853

Please contact your state senator as soon as you can and ask him/her to vote against S.553, and please ask your state representative to vote against H.3853.  Click here for your legislators’ contact info. If you’d like talking points, email anna(at)charlestonpeace.net

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Scalia’s Embarrassing Question

Innocence is not enough to get you out of prison.
By Lara Bazelon    MARCH 11 2015 9:37 AM

. . .  The most conservative estimate is that there are somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 innocent people locked up in the United States today. How many more Troy Davis cases will the Supreme Court tolerate before it does what is so obviously the right thing? If the execution of an innocent person isn’t cruel and unusual punishment, what is?

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South Carolina has run out of lethal injection drug

By MEG KINNARD  –  Associated Press
March 9, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is among the latest states to run out of pentobarbital, the anesthetic that comes first in the state’s three-drug method for executions by lethal injection. . . . Corrections Director Bryan Stirling recently told The Associated Press the state’s supply of pentobarbital expired in September 2013 and was discarded, as its effectiveness had worn off.
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