Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

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Posted: Mar 26, 2014 11:38 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2014 12:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system.

The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish says that violates due process rights in the Constitution.

Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the state last month, wanting to know if the drugs to be used at their executions next month would make them suffer.

A separate court is considering stay requests from the men.
Lockett is scheduled for execution on April 22, Warner on April 29.

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