execution protocols

A tank filled with liquid nitrogen is seen outside of an Oklahoma City business that sells nitrogen for various commercial uses.
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The condemned man enters the room where he will draw his last breath.

He will be restrained in some way, perhaps strapped to the T-shaped platform where other offenders have been executed by injection.

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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A federal judge is expected to hear arguments from attorneys for a group of journalists and news organizations who want to prevent the state from restricting media access to executions.

Arguments are scheduled before a judge Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers, along with two journalists, are asking a federal judge to ensure that media witness are able to view the execution of a condemned inmate from start to finish.

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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next month in a lawsuit filed by two news organizations that want to stop Oklahoma from using a new execution protocol that reduces the number of media witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing to consider the request for a preliminary injunction filed by The Oklahoma Observer and The Guardian US newspapers.

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Attorneys for two news organizations suing Oklahoma prison officials for preventing reporters from viewing portions of an execution that went awry in the spring are asking a federal judge to stop new state execution protocols from going into effect.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion Tuesday in federal court asking a judge to order prison officials to give the media more access to witness an execution.

The plaintiffs in the case include The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers.

Robert Patton, Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The head of Oklahoma's prisons system says he is confident the state can resume executions in November despite a federal judge's concern that the prison staff must be retrained following Clayton Lockett's prolonged death in April.

At a meeting of the state Corrections Board on Thursday in Enid, prisons director Robert Patton said he expects that inmate Charles Warner will die Nov. 13 and that other inmates will be executed in the weeks that follow.

Patton said a renovated death chamber will be ready next month.