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Supreme Court to hear Oklahoma death row inmates' case

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to determine whether Oklahoma’s execution procedures violate the Constitution’s guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment.

In a one-sentence order, the court announced that it had accepted the case filed by 20 death row inmates earlier this month. Last week, the court declined to stay the execution of Charles Warner, one of the plaintiffs.

But since the court has now accepted the case for its current term, more executions in the state are unlikely until it is resolved, probably this summer.

The main issue in the case is the drug midazolam as an anesthetic.



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Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›