Connecticut at crossroads without execution drugs

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prison officials have confirmed they do not have a supply of any lethal injection drugs or a way to obtain them, even though there are 11 inmates on death row.

Mike Lawlor, the state’s undersecretary for criminal justice policy, says because no execution is imminent, Connecticut has the ability to watch litigation in other states before it has to consider how it would execute any of the inmates currently on death row.

Many domestic and foreign drugmakers have objected to using their products in executions, leading to acute shortages of the drugs across the nation.

Michael Courtney, who heads the capital defense unit of the state’s public defender’s office, says the problem could lead to years of additional litigation for the state’s death row inmates.

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