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State asks to keep drug supplier's name secret during appeal

As he turns over $46 million in legal settlement money, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says some state leaders want to limit his litigation options in order "to serve the special interest of big business."

As he turns over $46 million in legal settlement money, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says some state leaders want to limit his litigation options in order “to serve the special interest of big business.”

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi’s execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name.

Earlier this month, Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled that the state’s public records law required release of the information, sought by death penalty opponents at the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center.

In papers filed last week, Hood’s office said the state prison system should be able to keep concealing the name, because if it’s forced to release the information, there’s no point in appealing.

The justice center argues the state has little hope of winning on appeal, and that rights are being violated by the state’s defiance of its public records law.

Owens has yet to rule.

 

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