News media sue over California’s new execution rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Times and other news media organizations are suing over California’s new execution rules, saying they would bar journalists from fully reporting on lethal injection procedures.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco says the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison leaves critical steps in the procedure out of public view. The regulations enacted this year have several crucial steps taking place in what an attorney called a “back room” before the lethal drugs begin to flow.

A corrections spokeswoman hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t immediately comment.

The Associated Press objected to portions of the regulations but is not part of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is the latest challenge as the state seeks to resume executions for the first time since 2006.

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