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COURT RULES DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS VIOLATED SUNSHINE LAW BY
WITHHOLDING DEATH PENALTY RECORDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 5, 2016

Contact: Alona Sistrunk, (314) 649-5761, asistrunk@aclu-mo.org

Cole County, MO – The Circuit Court of Cole County ruled that the
Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) knowingly violated the
Sunshine Law by refusing to provide information related to the state’s
execution witness selection process.

The ACLU of Missouri sued to obtain copies of requests by the public or
the media to witness executions, the MODOC’s responses to those
requests, and all records indicating the actual witnesses to executions
over the past 12 months. Initially, MODOC released a handful of heavily
censored documents. Following the news that potential execution witness
candidates are first asked their position on the death penalty, the ACLU
sought the requests to determine if MODOC was selecting witnesses in an
impartial manner.

“The Missouri Department of Corrections continues to knowingly violate
the law in order to prevent the public from seeing how it carries out
executions. Every Missourian should be concerned that the Department is
taking lives in their name, without transparency or oversight,”
explains Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.

Copies of the court documents can be found in the dockets section on the
ACLU of Missouri website [1].

The ACLU of Missouri [2] is a non-partisan, not-for-profit
organization that defends and expands the constitutional rights and
civil liberties of all Missourians guaranteed under the United States
and Missouri Constitutions, through its litigation, legislative and
public education programs. It is an affiliate of the national ACLU.
[1] http://www.aclu-mo.org/legal-docket/aclu-v-modoc-re-execution-witnesses/
[2] http://www.aclu-mo.org/

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