Execution drug search
SAN FRANCISCO - The Associated Press reports --
Newly released documents show that California prison officials went on a frantic two-month search for a lethal drug needed to carry out the state's first execution in five years that ultimately was called off.
The officials traded lethal injection drugs with their counterparts in Arizona, were snubbed by well-stocked Texas and
scoured the globe from Pakistan to London for the drug in short supply.
The intensive search ultimately failed when the planned September 30th execution was called off in part because of a shortage of sodium thiopental.