California Lands Elusive Lethal Injection Drug

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    393846 05: A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney August 29, 2001 in Lucasville, Ohio. The state of Ohio is one of the few states that still uses the electric chair, and it gives death row inmates a choice between death by the electric chair or by lethal injection. John W. Byrd, who will be executed on September 12, 2001, has stated that he will choose the electric chair. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

    Good news for those who believe in the concept "lex talionis" is bad news for Albert Greenwood Brown.

    California's prisons have located an elusive drug needed to resume executions. That is the last thing that convicted killer and rapist Albert Greenwood Brown wanted to hear.

    The San Quentin inmate has had his execution on hold since Sept. 29 when a national shortage of the drug sodium thiopental forced delays in lethal injection killings across the country.

    The drug is the first of three drugs administered during capital punishment sentences in California. But the country's only domestic supplier of the drug had production problems that search state prison systems to search globally for supplies.

    California's prison department ultimately ended up giving a British company $36,415 for 521 grams of the drug that expire in 2014.
    Brown's execution has been rescheduled.