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Judge Seals Part Of Oklahoma Execution Lawsuit

Oklahoma Department of Corrections
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Oklahoma Watch

A federal judge has sealed some documents in a lawsuit filed by the brother of an Oklahoma inmate whose execution led to a revamp of the state's lethal injection protocols.  

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sealed part of the case file this week in the lawsuit filed by Gary Lockett, who's the brother of Clayton Lockett.

The documents were sealed at the request of Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office, which argued that the filings improperly revealed the name of a person who may have been on the execution team.

Pruitt's office cited a state law that shields the identity of the execution team, but did not confirm whether the individual was involved in Lockett's execution.

An investigation into Clayton Lockett's execution blamed an improperly placed intravenous line for the problems.

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