JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CN) – Just days after a federal judge ruled the state’s method of lethal injection is constitutional, a new lawsuit filed in Cole County claims the method violates state law.
Inmates, families, clergy and lawmakers claim the Missouri Department of Corrections did not comply with state requirements to provide public notice and invite comments, nor did it advise a legislative rules committee, on the new execution method.
The suit is seeking an injunction, prohibiting the Missouri Department of Corrections and its director, Larry Crawford, from performing any executions until the laws are filed.
Two years ago, U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan, in Kansas City, issued a moratorium on the state’s executions over concerns about the state’s method. A week ago, Gaitan lifted the moratorium, ruling that Missouri has revised its procedures and the method is now constitutional.