Hearing on Oklahoma executions moved to U.S. court

A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's law that shields details of drugs used in executions has been moved to federal court.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: March 4, 2014 at 10:19 am •  Published: March 4, 2014
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A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's law that shields details of drugs used in executions has been moved to federal court.

The suit filed by death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner was set for a hearing Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, but the hearing was canceled after the case was transferred to federal court at the request of the state.

Lockett faces a March 20 execution while Warner is set to be executed March 27.

Both sought stays of execution as they challenge a provision in state law that allows Oklahoma to keep secret details about the drugs that will be used to execute them, including the supplier of the lethal drugs.

The case is now in federal court in Oklahoma City and no new hearing has been set.

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