Georgia DCOR Busted For Drugs

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 18, 2011

The Georgia Department of Corrections has been busted for illicit drugs .
“At the Georgia state prison in Jackson, Drug Enforcement Administration agents confiscated for the first time nationally a state’s supply of sodium thiopental, a sedative that is part of a three-drug cocktail used to put inmates to death.” No DCOR employees were arrested.
When a person is executed, using the quaint phrase “lethal injection”, three drugs are used. The first, sodium thiopental, is a sedative, used for obvious reasons. As reported earlier at this blog, the drugs Italian manufacturer objects to this use of their product. The state copped it’s stash from a London company, of dubious integrity. As could be predicted, defense attorneys for condemned prisoners make an issue of this. That is what they do.

A case about lethal injection made it to the Supreme Court a few years ago. All executions were postponed until the verdict was rendered. The Supremes ruled that governments have the right to execute the condemned, using the Kentucky protocol. This protocol specifies the use of sodium thiopental. If this specific substance is not available, can states substitute another downer? Some attorney will make an issue of this. Capital punishment is a jobs program for the legal profession.

Rookie Governor Nathan Deal discussed the drug bust with WABE on Thursday. The money quote
”In our republic, states have opportunities and responsibilities. But we do need, of course to work with our federal authorities, whose primary mission in this case is to make sure that controlled substances are not distributed and put into the wrong hands. I do not consider the reception of these drugs by a state agency that is properly licensed by state law, and authorized by state law, to fall into that category…But we want to abide by the rules, and that’s what we intend to do….We’ll find out how this oversight happened and we’ll correct it.”
Georgia does not have any executions scheduled at this time. Three cases have almost exhausted their appeals, however. Any termination of these three men (who are all white) would require a new supply of a legally approved sedative. The three men at risk are: Roy Blankenship , whose scheduled execution was stayed last month to allow for DNA testing of the evidence in the case. Blankenship sits on death row for a 1978 burglary, rape and murder of a Savannah woman in her apartment. Andrew Grant DeYoung , convicted in Cobb County for the stabbing deaths of his parents and 14-year-old sister in 1993. Marques Ray Johnson , who was sentenced to death for raping, murdering and mutilating a woman after meeting her at a bar in Albany in 1994.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

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