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Va. others ask feds to fight for execution drug

Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 4:05pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has joined officials in several states in asking the federal government to fight a judge's decision that blocked the importation of a drug used in executions.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( http://bit.ly/K83rxy) that Cuccinelli and 14 other attorneys general sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Monday. They argue that the March ruling that the sedative sodium thiopental cannot be lawfully imported into the U.S. is contrary to federal policy and could impair states' ability to carry out executions.

Sodium thiopental is the first in a three-drug cocktail used for lethal injections. It is no longer manufactured in the U.S.

A federal judge ruled that the drug cannot be imported because the government has not approved foreign-made versions of it.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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