Oklahoma AG appeals district court decision on lethal injection drugs

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 18, 2014
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The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs.

The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled in error when she sided with death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. The judge ruled in March that the state statute protecting drug suppliers was unconstitutional because inmates could not find out the source of drugs used in their executions, even during court proceedings.

Lawyers for the state contend that previous rulings by two federal appeals courts provide precedent that the state statute is constitutional and that the district court’s ruling is “an overbroad interpretation” of access to the courts.

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