Judge's Order Halting Two Texas Executions Appealed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) The Texas attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a temporary injunction earlier Wednesday halting the lethal injection of Tommy Lynn Sells, who is set to die Thursday. Her order also stopped the execution of another inmate, Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, who is set to die next week.

The state prison agency has insisted that the drug supplier's identity must be kept secret to protect the drugmaker from threats of violence. Attorneys insist the name is needed to verify the quality of the drug and keep the inmate from unconstitutional pain.

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