State: Inmate's injection drugs claim farfetched


COLUMBUS — The state says an inmate's claim that Ohio's lethal injection chemicals violate federal prescription drug laws is farfetched and should be rejected.

The Ohio Attorney General said in a court filing late Thursday that Darryl Durr doesn't have a basis for a claim based on the federal Controlled Substances and Food, Drug and Cosmetic acts.

Assistant attorney general Charles Wille says Durr doesn't have a legal basis for tying his execution to federal oversight of drugs, some of which Ohio uses to put condemned inmates to death.

Wille also notes the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a similar argument brought by death row inmates 25 years ago.

Durr was sentenced to die for raping and strangling a 16-year-old Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) girl in 1988.

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