ACLU, Journalists Sue Over Shrouded OK Execution

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Journalists and the ACLU are suing the Oklahoma Corrections Department, alleging the decision to close the blinds on a botched April execution violated the First Amendment, reports the Oklahoman. The civil lawsuit filed Monday in Oklahoma City federal court contends that closing the blinds midway through the execution of Clayton D. Lockett kept the media, and by extension the public, from witnessing what the suit says is the most powerful governmental procedure: the taking of a life.

An ACLU lawyer said the state "should not be exercising its most awesome power in the shadows, outside the view . . .

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