Virginia governor pushes for secrecy of execution drugs

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he has proposed keeping secret the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal-injection drugs for executions, instead of changing the law to force inmates to die in the electric chair if there are no available drugs.

McAuliffe stripped the contentious electric-chair provision from a bill and vowed to veto the measure if lawmakers reintroduce it. He warned that unless Virginia shields lethal-injection-drug manufacturers from public scrutiny, capital punishment in the state will come to a halt.

Lawmakers “have the opportunity to be part of the solution,” McAuliffe said. “If they pass up that opportunity, they will bring the death penalty to an end here in Virginia,” he said. Continue…