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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 28, 2012

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon yesterday blocked the importation of a drug used in executions on grounds that the Food and Drug Administration ignored the law in allowing it into this country. Leon sided with lawyers for death row inmates in Tennessee, Arizona and California who want to keep out sodium thiopental because it is an unapproved drug manufactured overseas. The Obama Administration argued it had discretion to allow unapproved drugs into the United States. Read more from the AP in the News Sentinel