European Opposition to Death Penalty German Minister Denies US Request for Execution Drugs

For months, dozens of US states have been facing shortages of a drug necessary in lethal injections administered to death-row prisoners. But German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler this week declined a request from his counterpart, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, to help out.
Several executions in the US have had to be delayed in recent months due to a lack of drug supplies.

Several executions in the US have had to be delayed in recent months due to a lack of drug supplies.

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cgh -- with wire reports