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Judge allows Texas to keep execution drug secret

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AUSTIN, Texas -

A Texas judge is allowing state prison officials to keep the identity of its execution drug supplier secret for now.

   Attorneys for death row inmates say they need the compounding pharmacy's name to ensure the drugs' quality. But the state says that would put the company at risk to threats of violence.

   Attorney Phil Durst questioned the state's argument Thursday. He says the information is needed to determine whether the company would feel in danger if the public knew it was supplying the lethal injection drugs.

   The Texas Department of Criminal Justice offered no new evidence of possible threats. It has executed two inmates since receiving a new supply of pentobarbital from a publicly unknown source.

   Judge Stephen Yelenosky says he won't rule until another court considers the issue.

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