A judge in Austin ruled today that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must disclose the source of the Pentobarbital it uses for lethal injection executions, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  "The information will be disclosed under protective order, so that those facing imminent execution can have the information necessary to evaluate whether Texas' execution process will violate their right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment," the judge said.

 

  The ruling does not affect an execution set for tonight, because that will be carried out with Pentobarbital from a previous order which came from a compounding pharmacy in The Woodlands.

 

  Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Service says it is a cause for concern that the state will not release the origin of the execution drugs.

 

  "It is supposed to be the proper form of justice, and yet they're afraid that if it gets out, it's all going to end," he said.  "I think it raises some questions about the death penalty itself, if its that fragile."

 

  Pharmaceutical companies have increasingly declined to have their products used in executions, forcing the state to take extraordinary methods to obtain drugs for executions which are scheduled for after April 1.