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Oklahoma considers gas chamber to execute death row inmates (access required)

By Sean Murphy Associated Press With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

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Legislators to explore gas as execution option (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Oklahoma legislators are planning to study the option of executing condemned inmates using nitrogen gas.

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Lawmakers not ready to withdraw judicial impeachment proposal after state court’s new opinion in lethal-injection drug case; Lockett/Warner executions set for Tuesday (access required)

A late-Wednesday decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court denying a stay of execution for convicted murderers Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner did not move Rep. Mike Christian and Sen. Ralph Shortey to halt their proposal to impeach five of the justices who voted for a stay previously.

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(UPDATED) Lawmaker files measure calling for impeachment of five Oklahoma Supreme Court justices (access required)

Update: Late Wednesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a new opinion in the Lockett/Warner case, which is discussed below in our post concerning the possible impeachment of five justices. Please see our update at the end of the article.   Arguing that an order issued Monday staying the executions of two men who are challenging the state’s lethal-injection law falls …

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Terrill bribery case may go to jury Tuesday; former lawmaker to testify in his own defense (access required)

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong told jurors at the end of Monday’s session in the Randy Terrill bribery trial to expect a long day Tuesday, indicating that she expects the case to go to the jury by the end of the day.

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Henry: Veto of medical examiner reform bill difficult, but needed due to unnecessary, money-wasting transition coordinator post (access required)

Former Gov. Brad Henry would much rather not have been subpoenaed as a witness in the bribery trial of former Rep. Randy Terrill, whom he considers a friend. He said as much following his testimony Wednesday afternoon.

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State attorney says measure that created job at center of Terrill bribery trial was unenforceable (access required)

The state job prosecutors allege former Republican Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore created in 2010 for then-Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, could not have been filled when Terrill was pushing for it because legislation for it was still on Gov. Brad Henry’s desk that June, a state attorney testified Wednesday morning.

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Defense attorney tells jury that Terrill will testify at bribery trial (access required)

Former Moore Rep. Randy Terrill, on trial for allegedly bribing former Sen. Debbe Leftwich to withdraw from seeking re-election in exchange for a newly created job, will testify at his trial, attorney Chris Eulberg told jurors Monday morning at the close of his opening statement.

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Jury seated in Terrill bribery trial; opening statements likely tomorrow (access required)

The seven men and five women seated Monday evening on the jury for the bribery trial of former Moore Rep. Randy Terrill come from a jury pool many of whose questioned members told attorneys they lean more toward liberal than conservative and are largely nonpolitical, with close to half expressing a generally positive view of government.

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Terrill bribery trial begins Monday, after three years of investigation, legal wrangling, trial and appellate court rulings and some concern that allowing the case to proceed has damaged legislative independence (access required)

On Dec. 22, 2010, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office charged then-Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, of committing the felony of bribery when Leftwich agreed not to seek re-election in exchange for Terrill’s creation of a new, $80,000 job for her in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Almost three years later, Terrill’s …

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