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Oklahoma passes nitrogen gas execution bill
April 18, 2015
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, nitrogen would be delivered via face mask, depriving....... [more]

US states urge Supreme Court to uphold Oklahoma execution drugs
April 16, 2015
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case determ....... [more]

Oklahoma University and the Free Speech Battle of the Decade
April 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang th....... [more]

Oklahoma bill to use nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
April 10, 2015
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nati....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Colorado AG asks Supreme Court to throw out marijuana case
March 30, 2015
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday filed a brief urging the US Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's marijuana legalization law. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado has caused the piping of marijuan....... [more]

Former state attorneys general ask Supreme Court to ban Oklahoma execution drug cocktail
March 18, 2015
More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for exe....... [more]

Is the Nebraska/Oklahoma Pot Suit Preempted?
March 17, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint in the US Supreme Court askin....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

Florida suspends execution pending Supreme Court decision
February 19, 2015
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a petition to stay an inmate's execution until after the US Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Oklahoma. This is the stay of execution outside of Oklahoma following the Supreme Court's decision to grant a petition....... [more]

Holder voices support for moratorium on death penalty
February 18, 2015
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday voiced his support for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the Oklahoma death penalty case. Speaking in a personal capacity before the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Holder stated his own views that the death....... [more]




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