Oklahoma AG seeks denial of execution stays

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 8, 2014
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The state attorney general’s office has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to deny two death row inmates’ request to stay their executions.

State lawyers responded to a filing by the inmates late Monday telling the court that they were prepared to carry out the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner as scheduled at the end of this month. They also suggested that the inmates’ lawyers’ filing was a “second successive application” asking for a stay after the inmates were already granted a stay in March.

Lockett and Warner sued the state in February over the “veil of secrecy” surrounding state execution procedures. In March, Oklahoma County Judge Patricia Parrish ruled the state’s secrecy surrounding execution protocol was unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office has also appealed that ruling.

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