Appeals court delays disclosure on execution drugs _lowres

Advocate file photo -- The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has delayed a judge’s order that Louisiana reveal information about the seller and manufacturer of drugs the state uses in executions.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to stay the order by U.S. District Judge James Brady.

Brady ruled last week that state Corrections Department officials must provide the information.

Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc and state prison Warden Burl Cain have argued that if they identify how they’re getting the drugs, they could have trouble buying more because companies don’t want to be known as helping facilitate an execution.

The state appealed to the 5th Circuit on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the court agreed to temporarily delay Brady’s order while it considers that appeal.