Take Two for July 18, 2013

Why are the origins of Georgia's lethal injection drugs a secret?

British national execution in Georgia

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This undated photo shows the death chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, GA.

The life of death row inmate Warren Lee Hill hangs in the balance in Georgia, as a court takes up a challenge to the drugs to be used in his planned execution.

The state of Georgia forbids the release of information about the origins of the lethal injection, which has become increasingly hard to come by as companies shy away from producing the drugs. The scarcity of the medication has paused executions in states that use the death penalty, including California, where more than 700 inmates wait on death row.  

Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, joins the show with more. 


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