Corrections Dept. director faces grilling from lawmakers on Mo. death penalty cases
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Corrections Dept. director faces grilling from lawmakers on Mo. death penalty cases

Date: February 10, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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How to execute death row inmates continues to be a hot-button issue in Missouri.
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Wrap: Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi was peppered by lawmakers with questions over the state's handling of three recent death penalty cases.

Democratic Rep. John Rizzo of Kansas City grilled Lombardi about the department's decision not to reveal which pharmacy supplies the lethal injection drug.

Lombardi defended his department and addressed the situation.

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Description: "We gave our word that we would not give, put out that information."

Missouri has executed three inmates since November, and Lombardi said the state has had to change its execution protocol three times.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Missouri's death penalty protocols stir up controversy in a House committee hearing.
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Wrap: Lawmakers questioned Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi for nearly 30 minutes over the state's handling of three death penalty cases over the last three months.

After lawmakers finished questioning Lombardi, he passionately defended his department.

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Description: "This whole issue and the way our department has been besmirched and vilified in the press especially is really disturbing to me because this is not what this department is about. We're much more than this."

The state now executes inmates with a single drug, pentobarbital.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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