States Try to Keep Lethal Drug Suppliers Secret

States that impose the death penalty have been facing a shortage of drugs used in executions and are reacting in various ways, writes former New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner in a recent Pro Publica article. In California, state prosecutors are calling for a return of the gas chamber. In four states -- Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and South Dakota – the approach has been to amend public records laws to exempt the names of drug suppliers from disclosure. Death penalty opponents have waged successful efforts to convince companies not to provide lethal drugs after learning of new supply chains through freedom of information requests and local news coverage.