Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus.
No. 2:11-cv-01016—Gregory L. Frost, District Judge.
Argued: November 18, 2016
Decided and Filed: December 30, 2016
Before: NORRIS, SILER, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
SILER, Circuit Judge. Plaintiffs are Ohio death-row inmates challenging Ohio’s
execution protocol and practice. Defendants include Ohio officials as well as anonymous drug
manufacturers, compounders, intermediaries, and others involved in Ohio’s execution process.
Plaintiffs appeal from a district court’s entry of a protective order precluding the disclosure of
any information that could reveal the identity of suppliers or manufacturers of Ohio’s legalinjection
drugs as well as anyone related to carrying out executions in Ohio. During the
pendency of this appeal, we affirmed a related appeal from an order dismissing certain
constitutional challenges to Ohio’s execution protocol. Phillips v. DeWine, No. 15-3238, 2016
U.S. App. LEXIS 19697 (6th Cir. Nov. 12, 2016). We now AFFIRM the entry of the protective
order because the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that Defendants
established good cause for protection from certain discovery.