Thursday, April 24, 2014

A look at Oklahoma's execution drug secrecy case

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The court, which is the highest in the state for civil cases, had previously halted their executions, even though critics said only the Oklahoma Court of Appeals can issue stays. The Court of Appeals is the highest in the state for criminal cases. Here is a look at the inmates' legal challenge:
Feb. 26: The inmates, whose executions are scheduled for March, file a civil lawsuit against the state seeking details about the drugs that will be used to execute them, including their source.
March 10: District Court Judge Patricia Parrish says that she's willing to take the civil case but that she cannot set aside the inmates' execution dates. Parrish says the state Court of Criminal Appeals, which sets execution dates, must decide on requests for stays of execution.
March 11: Defense attorneys ask the Oklahoma Supreme Court to delay the executions.
March 13: The Supreme Court forwards to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals the request from the inmates to halt their executions.


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