The same federal appeals court that ruled Missouri has to give up its supplier of lethal injection drugs has had a change of heart. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that Missouri must reveal its source. Two Mississippi death-row inmates filed a lawsuit seeking the information.
On Thursday, that court reversed its decision, saying the state can protect the name of its provider.
The state claims disclosing the name of its supplier would make it tougher to get the drug, known as pentobarbital, in the future.
The ruling could be appealed.