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Supreme Court stays Oklahoma executions
January 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the scheduled execution of three death-row inmates in Oklahoma "pending final disposition of the case." This came after Oklahoma issued new protocol allowing for alternative drug combinations to be used in executions. One of the drugs used is midazolam, which....... [more]

Oklahoma asks Supreme Court to delay executions
January 27, 2015
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to stay three executions pending a decision on the state's lethal injection protocol or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds a good alternative. On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments by three dea....... [more]

Supreme Court to review Oklahoma death penalty protocols
January 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Correc....... [more]

Oklahoma executes man after Supreme Court denies stay
January 16, 2015
Oklahoma executed Charles Frederick Warner on Thursday after the Supreme Court failed to grant a last minute stay. Mr. Warner was sentenced to death in 1997 for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. He requested the stay in light of Oklahoma's botched execution in April, which resulted in the....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies requests to halt Oklahoma executions
January 13, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday denied a request to stay the executions of four death row inmates in Oklahoma until the court reaches a decision in their case. The appeals court affirmed the district court's decision to deny the request because the inmates "failed to establis....... [more]

Federal judge approves Oklahoma lethal injection protocol
December 23, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled Monday that Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol protocol is constitutional. The ruling has effectively allowed the state to continue with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates beginning in early 2015. The stat....... [more]

Oklahoma, Nebraska challenge Colorado marijuana law
December 19, 2014
Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit against neighboring Colorado on Thursday over the new marijuana market, claiming the state-regulated recreational marijuana shops are piping marijuana into neighboring states where marijuana is illegal. In the lawsuit, filed directly with the US Supreme Court ....... [more]

Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks enforcement of abortion laws
November 5, 2014
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of two abortion related laws until their constitutionality is fully litigated. House Bill 2684, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. Senate Bill 1848 provides for more r....... [more]

Oklahoma judge allows restrictions on medication abortions
October 30, 2014
A judge for the Oklahoma County Court on Wednesday permitted a state law that restricts drug-induced abortions. The law, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Services in Tulsa cha....... [more]

Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect
October 23, 2014
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that Okl....... [more]

Oklahoma sued over 'botched' execution
October 15, 2014
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the execution....... [more]




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