Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions
A majority of the 32 states with the death penalty have imposed secrecy around their drug sources, saying that suppliers would face severe reprisals or even violence from death penalty opponents. In a court hearing this week, a Texas official argued that disclosing the identity of its pentobarbital source “creates a substantial threat of physical harm.” [emphasis added]
Want to waste an hour or two with your favorite search engines? Try to find a death penalty protest that turned violent … on the protestors’ part.
The New York Times claims that 32 states are in agreement on a looming threat of violence from death penalty opponents, while naming only “a Texas official” as a source.
32 states. One anonymous official. Oh. Freaking. Please.
After 35 years of nonviolence, Sister Helen won’t take to wielding a weapon, and it isn’t remotely likely that other death penalty opponents will suddenly become violent, either, even if Pfizer went so far as to give an endless supply of execution drugs to every last goober governor that likes to play God.