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ACLU Files Suit Against Department of Corrections Policy

July 30, 2018 - 10:11 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A legal challenge to Missouri's "death penalty" witness program may proceed.

The 8th circuit federal appeals court ruled in favor of journalist Chris McDaniel, whose lawsuit accuses the Missouri Department of Corrections director of having too much discretion in selecting witnesses for executions.

The ACLU filed suit on behalf of McDaniel. It says he has not been approved to witness any of 17 executions in Missouri since he filed his application.

McDaniel is now a reporter for Buzzfeed News and has been critical of the state's death penalty practices over the years.

A spokeswoman for the Missouri attorney general's office declined comment on the appeals court's ruling, saying their office is still reviewing it.