- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Three death row inmates want a federal appeals court to overturn a new Ohio law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs.

The inmates argue the law, which took effect in March, violates free speech rights. The inmates appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday.

A federal judge said in February the inmates lacked standing to challenge the law and that the law doesn’t suppress speech or the ability to oppose the death penalty.

Attorneys for the state say the law denies inmates access to information in the state’s hands, which is not the same thing as suppressing free speech.

The law is meant to restart Ohio executions delayed by a lack of drugs.



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