A US federal judge has allowed Nebraska to go ahead with its planned execution of an inmate using a powerful drug produced by a German company.
The judge rejected a request by drug manufacturer Fresenius Kabi to block Nebraska from using its products in the execution of Carey Dean Moore planned for Tuesday.
“While Fresenius Kabi takes no position on capital punishment, Fresenius Kabi opposes the use of its products for this purpose and therefore does not sell certain drugs to correctional facilities,” the company said in the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska.
The ruling by US District Court Judge Richard Kopf Friday afternoon cleared the way for the state to carry out its first lethal injection and the country’s first execution using the powerful opioid fentanyl.
The company, however, quickly moved to appeal the judge’s order, leaving uncertain whether the execution of the 60-year-old inmate…