The ACLU of Nebraska is pledging to fight changes to the state’s execution protocol.
Under the proposed changes, the Department of Correctional Services would not make public the lethal drugs used until 60 days before a death warrant request.
Amy Miller, ACLU of Nebraska legal counsel, says the source of the drugs will remain a secret.
“If the inmate or the ACLU or a news reporter asks, ‘where did you get it? Is this from that guy in India again?’ They’re going to say, ‘we’re not going to tell you. This is now secret. You’re not going to know where we got the drugs,’” Miller tells Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “They really are talking about moving to bare minimum info.”
Miller says state employees on the execution team should remain anonymous, but corporations providing the drugs should not.
“What the governor is proposing is that corporations, big businesses, for-profits – some of which are international companies – that they should have privacy rights too. That’s not what the statute currently says,” according to Miller.
“Something as serious as this should be subject to the same transparent, open government rules as everything else,” she says. “Our school boards, our city councils, state legislature, they all are subject to open records requests. Any member of the public can submit a Freedom of Information request under our state law and get information about how your taxpayer money is being spent.”
A hearing on the changes is set for December 30, 2016.