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MAR 24, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Lawmakers mull nitrogen gas for executions in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the nation's first state to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death-row inmates under legislation given preliminary approval Tuesday, as state lawmakers look for alternatives amid a growing shortage of lethal injection drugs. The bill, along with a similar proposal in Oklahoma House, would allow the state to use nitrogen gas ...

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MAR 24, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Oklahoma Senate panel approves nitrogen gas executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that authorizes the use of nitrogen gas to execute Oklahoma death row inmates has been approved by a state Senate committee. Under the bill, lethal injection would remain the primary method of execution, but nitrogen gas would be an alternative if lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or if the drugs are unavailable.

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MAR 20, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Judge says Alabama to halt executions until U.S. high court drug ruling: newspaper

(Reuters) - An order issued by a federal judge in Alabama said the state has agreed to halt scheduled executions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging another state's lethal injection protocol, the Birmingham News reported on Thursday. The Supreme Court agreed earlier this year to review the controversial method of execution used in Oklahoma, after three ...

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MAR 12, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Brother of man executed by Utah firing squad calls it brutal

Ronnie Lee Gardner was the last person to die by firing squad in Utah — a method state lawmakers voted this week to reinstate, illustrating frustrations across the U.S. over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Randy Gardner made it clear Wednesday he did not condone what his brother did — first killing a bartender and later shooting a ...

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MAR 12, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Frustration pushes Utah toward renewed use of firing squads

Ronnie Lee Gardner was the last person to die by firing squad in Utah — a method state lawmakers voted this week to reinstate, illustrating frustrations across the U.S. over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Randy Gardner made it clear Wednesday he did not condone what his brother did — first killing a bartender and later shooting a ...

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