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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

'Nitrogen Law' takes effect in Oklahoma

A new law resulted from last year's botched execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett and the problem Oklahoma has had acquiring the drugs needed to carry out lethal injections. 

Written by state Rep. Mike Christian, a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and staunch advocate of the death penalty, it paves the way for Oklahoma to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the necessary drugs become unavailable.

There are no reports of nitrogen gas ever being used to execute humans, and critics have voiced concern that the method is untested.

Source: Associated Press, November 2, 2015

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