Inmates: State failed to publicize lethal new drug

By Jack Elliot Jr./The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has on its docket an appeal by two groups challenging how Mississippi conducts its executions.

The lawsuit by two anti-death penalty organizations was filed last year on behalf of three inmates. Two of the three have been executed.

Oral arguments have not been scheduled.

Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice and Mississippi Cure Inc. sued the state, hoping to stop the executions because the state switching to a different lethal injection drug. They said corrections officials failed to properly publicize the change as required by the Administrative Procedures Act.

In April of 2011, Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan rejected the challenge. The Supreme Court then denied a request to stop the scheduled executions while the groups appealed.