The Nebraska ACLU filed a lawsuit today against the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Legal Counsel Amy Miller says for years they were able to ask for – and receive open record requests about the suppliers of lethal injection drugs. She says all of the information they have on obtaining the drugs have come through the open records law. Miller says America favors transparency in government, no matter what their opinion is on the death penalty, knows how business is being conducted.
Miller says, “Over the last couple of years we have issued regular open record requests to copies of emails and invoices of the state’s effort to buy drugs. In late October this year we issued another request. We were denied. The State Department of Corrections claims now that things like invoices and sending checks to drug suppliers is all attorney – client privilege. That simply doesn’t pass the last test.”
Miller says all Nebraskans should be concerned about this most recent purchase of drugs is that we have no information about the supplier, have the drugs been properly tested and how much taxpayer money was spent to purchase the drugs.
The ACLU will be working with the court to find out the judge’s schedule in the next few weeks and Miller expects this case will move quickly through the courts.