South Carolina’s governor and the S.C. Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that the state can once again carry out executions by lethal injection, following over a decade of being unable to procure the drugs used for capital punishment.
Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday the revival of lethal injection, saying that it gives “grieving families and loved ones the closure they are rightfully owed.”
“Justice has been delayed for too long in South Carolina,” McMaster said in a press release. “This filing brings our state one step closer to being able to once again carry out the rule of law and bring grieving families and loved ones the closure they are rightfully owed.”
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (Joshua Boucher/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/File)
Throughout his term, the Republican governor worked on protecting pharmaceutical companies involved in procuring drugs for the lethal injection by calling upon the General Assembly to pass a Shield Statute.
On May 12, McMaster signed into law the Shield Statute, which “protects, among other things, the identity of individuals or entities involved in the planning or execution of a death sentence.”
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced