California Lands Elusive Lethal Injection Drug

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.

Contact Us