APNewsBreak: Complaint targets Ga. execution doc

By GREG BLUESTEIN | June 20, 2011 | 11:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A civil rights group is asking Georgia's medical board to revoke the license of a physician who participates in lethal injections.

The complaint filed Monday by the Southern Center for Human Rights claims Dr. Carlo Musso illegally imported a drug for lethal injections and sold it to Tennessee and Kentucky prison officials.

Musso could not immediately be reached for comment. He has previously denied selling drugs across state lines.

The filing asks the medical board to revoke Dr. Musso's license over his role in importing sodium thiopental, a sedative. Musso has participated in several executions in Georgia and the complaint comes as the state prepares to execute an inmate on Thursday using a substitute drug.

The complaint raises fresh questions about how states obtained sodium thiopental amid a supply shortage.