A bill that would hide the source of lethal injection drugs was introduced in the Idaho state legislature on Monday, with the lawmaker behind it saying ‘woke’ anti-death penalty activists have shamed drug makers lethal drugs.
As Boise State Public Radio reportedState Rep. Greg Chaney (R) argued Monday that anti-capital punishment groups have focused a tactic to ‘leverage the revival, cancel culture to shame providers of lethal injection drugs for not providing these Drugs for State Executions”.
“They were successful enough across the country that the word that [pharmacies] give our corrections department is “Don’t even call us if you can’t provide us with anonymity,” Chaney said.
On Twitter, Chaney wrote“I refuse to let revival cancel culture prevent our state from enforcing our laws and ensuring public safety, especially when it comes to convicted murderers.”
Since Europe banned the export of the drug in 2011, there has been a shortage in the United States of the drug needed to carry out an execution by lethal injection. Some states, including Mississippi and Utah, have permitted firing squads as a method of execution due to this shortage.
This bill comes amid ongoing efforts by state lawmakers to facilitate the execution of Gerald Pizzuto Jr., according to Boise State Public Radio.
Pizzuto was convicted of beating a man and a woman to death in 1985. His defense asked that his death sentence be commuted due to his poor health, but Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) , denied that request despite the Idaho Probation and Parole Board. vote to recommend a commutation.
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