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2 Oklahoma inmates ask federal judge for firing squad option in executions - Erie News Now

2 Oklahoma inmates ask federal judge for firing squad option in executions - Erie News Now
By Paul P. Murphy, CNN

Murphy, CNN A federal judge in Oklahoma said Monday that he aims make a decision by the end of this week on a petition filed by two Oklahoma death row inmates requesting their executions be by firing squad rather than lethal injection.In their initial petition to the court, lawyers for the inmates had sought an injunction to stop Oklahoma from using lethal injection.Attorneys for the inmates are asking for the executions to be delayed pending a late February trial on the constitutionality of the lethal injection protocol.Oklahoma resumed executions by lethal injection in October 2021 after pausing them for over five years after the botched execution of an inmate in 2014.

Lawyers for Donald Grant and Postelle cited the October 2021 execution in their petition, arguing that it was botched and if their clients are put to death by lethal injection, it is putting them at risk of substantial and serious harm.Testimony submitted by the plaintiffs in court filings from a "board-certified anesthesiologist and a board certified pain medicine specialist" alleges that firing squad -- not Oklahoma's process of lethal injection -- is appropriate because, "firing squad will reliably cause a death that will be quick and virtually painless.

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