The Clarion-Ledger, 7/15/8

The life of Mississippi death row inmate Dale Leo Bishop, scheduled to die July 23, is back in the hands of a federal judge.

Bishop is one of four condemned prisoners who filed a 2007 lawsuit to stop executions in Mississippi. They say the state’s method of lethal injection is unconstitutional because it might cause pain.

In a motion filed Monday and labeled “urgent and necessitous,” the four inmates’ attorneys accused state officials of withholding information about the way executions are carried out. The Mississippi Department of Corrections and the attorney general’s office have “historically refused to produce” information about the procedures, according to the motion.

“This court can have no assurance that it has the complete facts on how Mississippi executes prisoners,” the inmates claim.