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Long Story Short: Federal judge clears way for Oklahoma lethal injection executions to proceed

Oklahoma may continue to use its three-drug lethal injection protocol to carry out executions, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot ruled on Monday (6/13).

In a 45-page ruling, Friot ruled plaintiffs fell “well short” of proving Oklahoma’s protocol causes an unconstitutional level of pain and suffering. He also dismissed the plaintiff’s claims that execution by firing squad or lethal injection with pentobarbital would be a less painful alternative.

For this week’s Long Story Short, Oklahoma Watch’s Ted Strueli and Keaton Ross discuss the ruling and their reporting on the matter.

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