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Oklahoma execution law ruled unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the state’s execution law is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow inmates access to the court system.

Under Oklahoma law, no one may disclose the source of drugs used in executions – even if an inmate sues and wants the information as part of the discovery process. Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish said this week that provision violates due process rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the state last month. They want to know whether the drugs to be used at their executions next month are pure and that they wouldn’t suffer before dying.

Lockett is scheduled to die April 22. Warner’s execution is April 29.

A separate court is considering stay requests from the men.

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