UI Law Prof Sues Idaho for Execution Records

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state’s Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs.

Aliza Cover asked prison officials last fall for purchase orders, receipts, source paperwork and other documents on the drugs the state used in its two most recent executions and that it expects to use in future executions. The department refused, contending the records were exempt under department rules.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Cover says the department had previously released at least some of the records and even produced them as evidence in some court cases. She said the state is being arbitrary and capricious in the way it responds to public record requests, prohibiting the public from accessing even basic information about the Idaho’s lethal injection drugs.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is representing Cover in the lawsuit. Read more…