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New Mexico Supreme Court rules state must recognize Fort Sill Apache tribe
April 15, 2014
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state must recognize the tribal status of the Fort Sill Apache. Consisting of 712 members, the Fort Sill Apache, formerly known as the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache, were forced from their homelands in 1886 and relocated to Oklahoma, where....... [more]

Oklahoma judge voids execution drug secrecy law
March 27, 2014
The Oklahoma County District Court ruled Wednesday that the state?s law preventing death row inmates from obtaining information about the drugs used in lethal injections violates the Oklahoma constitution. Judge Patricia Parrish found that the Oklahoma law, which keeps the identities of lethal....... [more]

Oklahoma court delays executions due to lethal injection drug shortage
March 20, 2014
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday ruled that two inmate executions scheduled for March 20 and March 27 must be delayed for at least a month so that the state may have additional time to either procure the appropriate execution drugs or to alter the state's execution protocol. The sta....... [more]

Oklahoma pharmacy agrees not to supply drug for Missouri execution
February 19, 2014
An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday....... [more]

Federal judge prevents pharmacy from providing lethal injection drugs
February 13, 2014
Judge Terence Kern for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma issued a temporary restraining order on The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa to stop the pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for an upcoming lethal injection. The restraining....... [more]

Supreme Court orders stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
January 29, 2014
The US Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday evening staying the execution of Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls. Smulls, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a jewelry store owner and injuring his wife during a robbery in 1991, was scheduled to die at 12:01 AM Wednesday. Smull....... [more]

Oklahoma judge strikes down emergency contraception law
January 24, 2014
An Oklahoma state court judge on Thursday ruled the state's emergency contraception law unconstitutional. The law requires women younger than 17 to obtain a prescription and show photo ID in order to receive Plan B One-Step and other generic emergency contraceptive pills. Women 17 and older would be....... [more]

Oklahoma officials to appeal same-sex marriage ruling
January 17, 2014
The Tulsa County Clerk's Office filed a notice of appeal on Thursday with the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to overturn a district court ruling striking down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The district court judge ruled on Tuesday that Part A of the amendm....... [more]

Federal judge rules Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
January 15, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Article II section 35 of the Oklahoma Constitution enacted in 2004 by State Questio....... [more]

Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice: Increased Risk of Physical and Psychological Harm
January 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Schlueter of Trinity Legal Center discusses the recent dismissal of certiorari in Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice...Before surgery, would a patient want to know what to expect and what the risks of the procedure are? Of course. Would a patient want a....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to hear Oklahoma abortion ultrasound case
November 12, 2013
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Tuesday in Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems, letting stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling striking down a law requiring women to be shown ultrasounds of the fetus before undergoing an abortion. Oklahoma officials appealed the case arguing that informational....... [more]