Court: State must release execution information

Sep 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that Tennessee must turn over the names of those people involved in executions to attorneys for 11 death row inmates. The inmates are suing over the state's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.

The lawsuit came to a standstill after the state refused to turn over the names of people involved in the procedures, including the pharmacist who will compound the drug used for lethal injection.

Kelley Henry, who represents some of the inmates, said in an email that the ruling was "measured and reasonable."

The names will be released only to the inmates' attorneys, and they are prohibited from revealing the names to nearly anyone else, including their clients.

Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Leigh Ann Jones said attorneys there are still reviewing the ruling.