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Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor

Beset by claims of barbarism after a gruesome botched execution last year and fearful that a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ban its execution drug of choice, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nation to execute inmates with nitrogen gas under a bill sent Thursday to the governor. The bill, HB 1879, would make nitrogen the second available means to carry out capital punishment, after lethal injection. “If the execution of the sentence of death … is held unconstitutional by an appellate court of competent jurisdiction or is otherwise unavailable,” the bill reads, “then the sentence of death shall be carried out by nitrogen hypoxia.” A spokesman for...

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