Entries tagged with “Judge Stephen Friot

Executions

Lethal Injection

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Mar 10, 2022

Evidence of Torturous’ Fluid in the Lungs, Drug Mislabeling Highlight Federal Trial on Constitutionality of Oklahoma Lethal-Injection Protocol

A six-day fed­er­al tri­al on the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of Oklahomas lethal-injec­tion pro­to­col has con­clud­ed, with med­ical experts for the state’s death-row pris­on­ers cit­ing autop­sy and eye­wit­ness evi­dence to call the process tor­tur­ous” and doc­tors for the state deny­ing that pris­on­ers suf­fered as they were being put to death.

Executions

Lethal Injection

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Jun 09, 2022

Federal Judge Upholds Oklahoma Lethal-Injection Protocol, Rejecting Prisoners’ Evidence of Torturous Executions

Judge Stephen Friot (pic­tured) of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ruled that Oklahomas lethal-injec­tion pro­to­col is con­sti­tu­tion­al. After hold­ing a week-long hear­ing on the state’s three-drug pro­to­col in February and March 2022, Judge Friot cred­it­ed the tes­ti­mo­ny of state experts over the pris­on­ers’ expert tes­ti­mo­ny on the like­li­hood that the pro­to­col would result in severe pain. While attor­neys for the 28 pris­on­ers who brought the suit can appeal the rul­ing, Oklahoma’s Attorney General plans to seek exe­cu­tion war­rants immediately.