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Former state attorneys general ask Supreme Court to ban Oklahoma execution drug cocktail
March 18, 2015
More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for exe....... [more]

Is the Nebraska/Oklahoma Pot Suit Preempted?
March 17, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint in the US Supreme Court askin....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

Florida suspends execution pending Supreme Court decision
February 19, 2015
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a petition to stay an inmate's execution until after the US Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Oklahoma. This is the stay of execution outside of Oklahoma following the Supreme Court's decision to grant a petition....... [more]

Holder voices support for moratorium on death penalty
February 18, 2015
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday voiced his support for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the Oklahoma death penalty case. Speaking in a personal capacity before the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Holder stated his own views that the death....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
February 11, 2015
Missouri executed death row inmate Walter Storey early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court denied his requested stay of execution. Storey was convicted and sentenced to death for a 1990 murder. He challenged his execution based on Missouri's refusal to disclose the compounding pharmacy that....... [more]

Supreme Court stays Oklahoma executions
January 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the scheduled execution of three death-row inmates in Oklahoma "pending final disposition of the case." This came after Oklahoma issued new protocol allowing for alternative drug combinations to be used in executions. One of the drugs used is midazolam, which....... [more]

Oklahoma asks Supreme Court to delay executions
January 27, 2015
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to stay three executions pending a decision on the state's lethal injection protocol or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds a good alternative. On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments by three dea....... [more]

Supreme Court to review Oklahoma death penalty protocols
January 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Correc....... [more]

Oklahoma executes man after Supreme Court denies stay
January 16, 2015
Oklahoma executed Charles Frederick Warner on Thursday after the Supreme Court failed to grant a last minute stay. Mr. Warner was sentenced to death in 1997 for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. He requested the stay in light of Oklahoma's botched execution in April, which resulted in the....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies requests to halt Oklahoma executions
January 13, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday denied a request to stay the executions of four death row inmates in Oklahoma until the court reaches a decision in their case. The appeals court affirmed the district court's decision to deny the request because the inmates "failed to establis....... [more]




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