Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt submitted a request to delay the current executions of three male inmates until the Supreme Court is done looking into the legality of the state’s lethal injection process.
Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear out an appeal from death-row prisoners who question as to whether or not the state’s drug protocol --- new lethal drugs brought in after an April 2014 execution --- is compliant with the constitution against “unusual” punishments.
Early this week, Pruitt defended Oklahoma’s lethal injection process, but indicated of requesting a stay of the executions to ensure justice was properly carried out.
Two federal courts previously upheld the present process as constitutional. Pruitt is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with the notion.
The original case involved several death-row prisoners to be executed, but one of the inmates, Charles Warner, was executed early this month after the high court gave the green light.