Inmates Allege Texas Plans to Use Unsafe Execution Drugs

From an AP story by Juan A. Lozano headlined “Inmates allege Texas plans to use unsafe execution drugs”:

Texas plans to use expired and unsafe drugs to carry out executions early this year in violation of state law, three death row inmates allege in a lawsuit.

Prison officials deny the claim and say the state’s supply of execution drugs is safe.

The first execution, of Robert Fratta, is set for Jan. 10. The state’s highest criminal court of appeals put the lawsuit from Fratta, Wesley Ruiz and John Balentine on hold Friday while it considers an appeal by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The state wants the case to be decided by a criminal court, not a civil one.