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Oklahoma death row inmates sue over 'unsound' execution practices
Oklahoma death row inmates sue over 'unsound' execution practices

A group of 21 Oklahoma death row prisoners has filed a lawsuit to prevent the state from using its "untested and unsound" execution procedures because “they create a substantial risk of severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death.”  The lawsuit asserts that Oklahoma’s lethal injection practices violate the prisoners’ constitutional rights, including their 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. It also alleges that state officials failed to consult experts in the development of procedures and that the drugs being used are not suitable for executions. "In the aftermath of Clayton Lockett's horrifically bungled execution at the end of April, there are so...

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