By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Alabama Alabama's prisons commissioner says the
state has enough of the drug sodium thiopental to carry out executions that have been requested by the attorney general's

A nationwide shortage of the drug has caused some states to
search for new suppliers since the sole U.S. manufacturer suspended production in 2009.

The attorney general's office has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for three inmates. Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said Wednesday the state has enough of the drug to handle those executions. He said the state may have to
eventually use a different drug.

Thomas said Alabama's law does not specify what drugs are to be used. He said the change could be made by prisons officials, unlike
some states where lawmakers must authorize the change.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    If it were being used instead of sitting on the shelf, there would be less crime I believe. No one wants to die and they might think twice if they thought they would die over it.
  • by Oppy Location: Enterprise on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    A rope will make a good back up in case we run out.
  • by Barbara Location: Bonifay on Feb 10, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    I really don't know why carrying out a execution is so difficult. yall go out of yalls way not to bring pain to the ones that are fixing to die. When they are the ones that committed some of the most vile crimes.They didn't care that the people they killed was hurting.If the state had a most vile way of execution---maybe that would halt some of the murders that take place.Going on death row then be put to sleep, that don't put the fear in anybody. I think that people need to fear being given the death sentence.Way it is now, No body cares.
  • by Stephen Location: Hartford on Feb 10, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    We still have the chair available for use. And a rope doesn't cost much either.
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