You can read the lawsuit, Lockett & Warner v. Evans, thanks to the Tulsa World.
"Judge schedules Tuesday hearing on challenge to Oklahoma's death row procedures," is the AP report, via the Greenfield Reporter.
An Oklahoma County judge next week will consider whether to delay the scheduled executions of two death row inmates.
Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner want to know more about drugs administered by the state Department of Corrections during executions. They've asked District Judge Patricia Parrish to delay their executions until the state says how and when it obtained the drugs.
Parrish will hold a hearing Tuesday morning.
Lockett is scheduled to die March 20 and Warner is to die a week later.
An earlier AP report is, "Oklahoma death row inmates sue over drugs' secrecy," by Bailey Elise McBride.
Under state law, no one may disclose who provides Oklahoma with the three drugs it uses to execute condemned prisoners. Lawyers for Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett fear the men could suffer severe pain if Oklahoma is allowed to maintain a "veil of secrecy."
"Plaintiffs have no means to determine the purity of the drug which may be used to execute them, and whether that drug is contaminated with either particulate foreign matter or a microbial biohazard that could lead to a severe allergic reaction upon injection," the lawyers wrote in their state court lawsuit.
"'Cloak of secrecy' on executions alleged in Oklahoma death row inmates' lawsuit," is by Ziva Branstetter for the Tulsa World.
Two Oklahoma inmates who are set to be executed next month have sued the state over its "cloak of secrecy" involving the death penalty.
The suit by attorneys for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner asks a judge to invalidate a state law barring the release of information about drugs used in executions. It also asks for relief including an injunction against executing Lockett and Warner until details about execution drugs are provided to their attorneys.
The suit was filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court against the Department of Corrections and its director, Edward Evans.
In 2011, a change in state law made the source of drugs used in executions confidential and gave more control to the DOC in how to carry them out. The change occurred after the only FDA-approved manufacturers of two execution drugs blocked their use in U.S. executions.
In 2012, the DOC publicly stated that it had obtained 20 doses of pentobarbital, one of three drugs used in executions.
Since then, the state has executed 11 people, and "plaintiffs have been unable to obtain any information about how many still remain of the 20 doses ... or whether any or all of those doses are expired," the lawsuit states.
The Oklahoman reports, "Two Oklahoma death row inmates sue state Corrections Department over lethal injection secrecy," by Graham Lee Brewe.
Two Oklahoma death row inmates are challenging the constitutionality of the law allowing the state to keep secret its source of lethal injection drugs.
According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner have reason to believe Oklahoma’s execution method carries with it “a substantial risk of inflicting severe pain,” which would violate their constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment.
Assistant Federal Public Defender Madeline Cohen, who represents Warner, makes much the same argument attorneys representing a Missouri death row inmate made in recent months, that the policy of secrecy by the state Corrections Department keeps death row inmates from knowing the quality of the drug that will be used to kill them.
Cohen contends Pentobarbital, a barbiturate used in the execution process to render the condemned person unconscious, doesn’t stop the inmate from feeling pain but only works to keep them paralyzed.
“The second drug is basically only used for optics, to make the execution look placid,” Cohen said.
On Jan. 9, Michael Lee Wilson, 38, was put to death by the state for participating in the 1995 murder of Tulsa store clerk Richard Yost. Wilson’s final words were “I feel my whole body burning.” The petition filed Wednesday uses his last words as an example of the uncertainty of the process.
The Los Angeles Times posts, "Condemned Oklahoma inmates sue: What's in the drug that will kill us?" It's by Molly Hennessy-Fiske.
Oklahoma, Ohio, Missouri and other death penalty states have been scrambling for lethal injection drugs after major manufacturers — many based in Europe with longtime opposition to the death penalty — stopped selling to them.
The issue sparked national controversy last month when relatives of an Ohio inmate who witnessed his execution complained that he took more than 15 minutes to die, appearing to gasp and snort. They have since sued the state and drug makers.
Previously, inmates received a sedative while paralytic drugs killed them. As supplies dried up of the sedative, sodium thiopentol, some states switched to another drug, pentobarbitol, and stopped disclosing information about lethal injections.