Two lawsuits have been filed demanding the Corrections Department reveal more details of its execution process.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and a St. Louis Public radio reporter have filed one lawsuit. Various other news organizations have filed another.
Both suits want a judge to force the department to identify the source of its execution drug and what is the makeup of the drug. Inmate Russell Bucklew is to be executed next Tuesday night. His lawyer has asked a federal district court in Kansas City to block the execution.