The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized Georgia’s supply of a key execution drug over questions about how it was imported to the United States.
“Drugs were seized today by the DEA from our facility in Jackson,” Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil told the AJC.
The seizure comes more than two weeks after an attorney representing a death row inmate from Cobb Countywrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying the Georgia Department of Corrections circumvented federal law in trying to quickly secure a scarce drug used in lethal injections.
Those keeping score at home may want to note that in between the original story and today’s action, the drug was used to execute Emmanuel Hammond, and seemed fairly effective. Remembering his crimes, it’s hard to find sympathy that he just missed the window on this new front against the Death Penalty. As we predicted, the folks at the Southern Center for Human Rights have now, quite successfully, opened up an entirely new front in the battle to end the practice.
As for the reaction from the Southern Center For Human Rights, they supplied this statement:
“We commend the DEA for forcing the Department of Corrections to immediately cease using black market execution drugs. It is an incredible relief that this federal agency has stepped up and intervened where the state and federal courts have turned a blind eye to the obvious problems with the procurement and use of these drugs.”