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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.

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.

Update 1:

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.

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