Judge throws out 2nd ex-SC executioner's lawsuit

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled against a second former South Carolina prisons employee who said he was forced to perform executions or face a demotion, effectively ending the man's lawsuit against the state corrections agency.

U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie wrote in an order filed on Wednesday that Terry Bracey did not make a strong enough argument that his right to free speech was violated when he told a superior he did not want to execute inmates.

Currie made the same ruling two weeks ago for Ira Craig Baxley. Both men sued the Corrections Department in 2007, saying they were forced to perform executions to keep leadership positions.

Attorney Lewis Cromer represents both men and says he is appealing the decisions. Prisons officials did not immediately comment on the case.

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