MDOC lethal injection switch upheld

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has rejected claims that corrections officials failed to properly publicize as required by law its switch to a new lethal injection drug.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2011 ruling by a judge in Hinds County.

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

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