The Department of Correctional Services confirmed to NET News this afternoon that Nebraska has no drugs with which to carry out a death sentence.
Responding to email questions NET News submitted this afternoon, Dawn-Renee Smith, the Public Information Coordinator for DOC confirmed that the supply of sodium thiopental acquired by the state expired in December of 2013. Smith added: "The Department has not secured additional chemicals."
Smith was also asked if the state had identified any new suppliers for the drugs. In her emailed reply she stated: "We are looking at all aspects of the lethal injection process. I don’t have anything definitive on that at this time."
The questions followed today's hearing before the Nebraska Supreme Court (reported here earlier) at which the State Attorney General's Office said they were not sure if the a legal source for the lethal injection drugs had been secured.