Oklahoma says it does not have the drugs or medical personnel needed to carry out three scheduled executions and has requested a two-month delay, reports the Tulsa World. “The State does not want to rush implementation of this new training program, especially so soon after revision of the execution protocol,” said Attorney General Scott Pruitt told a federal court.
The motion is among pending before U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot as part of a legal challenge brought by 21 Oklahoma death-row inmates after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29. The lawsuit challenges Oklahoma's lethal-injection process, alleging it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. Last month, the corrections department issued a revised execution protocol that requires additional training, backup drugs and medical equipment to monitor inmates during executions. The choices of lethal drugs remained largely the same, although amounts were increased in some cases.