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Politics
5:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 20, 2015

SAE Lawyer, Teachers' Union Bill & Botched Execution Documents

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Constitutionality Of Execution Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam, which is at issue in the Oklahoma death row prisoners' lawsuit. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the drug is effective at preventing unconstitutional suffering.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Oklahoma's method of execution by lethal injection. The justices agreed to hear the Oklahoma case a week after refusing to halt another execution that used the same drug formula.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla., in 2008.
AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:20 pm

There was a significant drop in the number of executions and death penalty sentences in 2014, a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center finds.

The group's year-end accounting finds that:

-- States conducted 35 executions in 2014 — the lowest since 1994.

-- And the justice system sentenced 72 people to death — the lowest number in 40 years.

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Law
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Attorneys For Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Seek To Halt Executions

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Local News
8:26 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Headlines: Abortion Doctor Arrested, Low Oil Prices & Executions

Headlines for Wednesday, December 10, 2014:

  • An undercover investigation results in the arrest of an Oklahoma City-area abortion doctor. (NewsOK)

  • Government employees are raising concerns about low oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • A federal judge is keeping documents related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett sealed.  (Tulsa World)

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Local News
4:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Legislators Explore Gas as Execution Option

Rep. Mike Christian (R - Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian was held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill on the matter for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

The Botched Execution Report Tops This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the report on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the Governor's council on earthquakes, hospitals angry over no Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage for waiters and the medical marijuana petition.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

DOC Moving Forward with Execution Changes

Changes are coming for the way Oklahoma conducts death sentences of prisoners following a report on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.


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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Misplaced IV Line Responsible For Botched Oklahoma Execution, Report Finds

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 4:04 pm

A misplaced intravenous line was responsible for the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last April, an official report released on Thursday found.

Clayton D. Lockett suffered a prolonged execution because the IV line inserted into his groin area delivered the fatal dosage of drugs to the surrounding tissue rather than directly into the bloodstream.

The New York Times reports:

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