From Buzz Feed:
WASHINGTON — The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office on Thursday agreed to a 180-day delay of the pending execution of Charles Warner, the next inmate scheduled to be put to death after last week’s botched execution there.http://www.buzzfeed.com/...
Although the attorneys for the state opposed the broader request of Warner’s attorneys for an indefinite stay of his execution, the state agreed not to oppose the six-month stay request.
Fallin has since said the execution would be stayed longer if an ongoing review of the state’s execution procedures takes longer. In Thursday’s filing, lawyers write, “[I]t is obvious that Warner will not be executed on May 13th because Commissioner [of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Michael] Thompson’s investigation will not be completed by that date.”
It was surely no small feat to get the blood-gargling Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, to agree to this stay. Perhaps the Justice Department's promised review of the Oklahoma death penalty will yield an even longer moratorium on state-sanctioned killing.
This could effectively turn into a 6 month halt to mystery cocktail executions nationwide. What State would want to risk yet another atrocity while Oklahoma is still doing a review?
Note: Next possible Oklahoma execution is Nov.8, 2014, so there will be no killing by the State until after the November midterm elections.