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Abbott Agrees to Keeping Execution Drugs a Secret

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    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott during a speech after being named the Republican party nominee for Texas governor on March 4, 2014.

    The Texas prison system does not have to reveal where it gets the drugs used in executions, according to a ruling by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    Abbott agreed with the decision to keep the source of the drug a secret to protect the supplier from threats.

    Lawyers for death row inmates in several states, including Texas, have sued or asked for stays of execution claiming their clients have a right to know what the drug is that will be used to put them to death.

    So far, no executions have been stopped because of the fight.

    Abbott, a Republican, faces Democrat State Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas gubernatorial race.