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Texas Execution Appeal Refused: Supreme Court Rules State May Withhold Source Of Lethal Cocktail

  | By MICHAEL GRACZYK

 

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys had demanded that state officials disclose the source of drugs intended to execute him.

Robert James Campbell, 41, had avoided execution May 13 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped his punishment less than three hours before he could have been put to death. That court agreed to give Campbell's lawyers time to pursue claims that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. That issue is still pending.

At the time of the reprieve, Campbell's appeal seeking identity of the supplier of the pentobarbital used by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for executions was before the Supreme Court.

Campbell was sentenced to death for the 1991 abduction, rape and slaying of a 20-year-old Houston bank teller, Alexandra Rendon.

The ruling, one of three Monday involving condemned Texas prisoners, was in line with similar rulings from the high court, which so far has not halted an execution based on a state's refusal to reveal its lethal injection drug supplier.

To continue reading about the developments in the case, please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/texas-execution-appeal-refused_n_5476947.html?utm_hp_ref=crime.

Background Photo Credit: Kasia Broussalian © 2015