Kentucky turned over all it sodium thiopental to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration last week to be used in evidence in a court proceeding elsewhere.
Seems Kentucky engaged in a drug buy from a rogue dealer, described as “fly-by-night.” Now doesn’t that inspire confidence in our justice system?
Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway must be especially disappointed that they will have to start over and find a new supplier if they hope to kill anyone soon. Will the governor send his bulldogs out again into the shady world of illegal drugs to achieve his purpose?
Of course Kentucky could return to the civilized world and quit killing its citizens. Less than a month ago Illinois did so. And the Governor’s press folks there say almost all the response has been positive. As well it should: people living there have a reason to put faith in their system.
This embarrassment in Kentucky reveals again how little credibility our system here can claim.
Photo: Courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky