BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Attorney General sent a letter to the governor Tuesday asking him where he stands regarding the state's plans to move forward with executions.
Louisiana can't put anyone to death because it can't find someone to sell the drugs needed to carry out executions, according to Natalie LaBorde, deputy secretary at the Department of Corrections who spoke with our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Governor John Bel Edwards believes the issue is complicated, and that Attorney General Jeff Landry is using the state's difficulty to obtain the drugs for political gain, according to the report.
Currently, there is only one legal way to move forward with an execution in Louisiana. Drug shortages have forced Louisiana's corrections department to rewrite its execution plan several times since 2010.
According to Landry's letter, Louisiana is not the only state to have this problem. Landry claims that there are several options to consider that would help the state move forward with executions.
Landry claims in the letter that the options require the governor's consent to move forward.
Landry's letter listed the possible options, posing the question to the governor, "Where do you stand?"
Landry ended his letter stating that if Edwards truly stood with victims and their families, he would work with him on finding a solution.
Governor Edwards responded to Landry's letter with this statement:
The state's last execution was in 2010.