That's the title of an Associated Press report, via KOTV-TV.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it is not the place for death-row inmates to go if they want a stay of execution.
Justices said Thursday that the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals should take up stay requests from two inmates scheduled to die in the next two weeks. The appeals court had said previously it didn't have the authority because the inmates hadn't met all technical requirements under the law.
Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner have sued the state seeking more information about the drugs that would be used to kill them. They say they need stays of execution so they can continue their challenge.
The justices wrote that the Court of Criminal Appeals erred in not taking up the request.
Earlier coverage from Oklahoma begins at the link.
The Tulsa World posts, "Throwback Tulsa: Executioners first used 'Old Sparky' in 1915," by Debbie Jackson and Hilary Pittman.
With two jolts of electricity, Oklahoma in 1915 executed its first man condemned to die by electrocution.
Oklahoma’s method of execution has been in the headlines again recently. State officials say they have obtained from a manufacturer the drugs necessary for two executions scheduled for this month.
State law allows electrocution if lethal injection is found unconstitutional, and the use of a firing squad if the electric chair is banned.
Also known as “Old Sparky,” the electric chair was used to execute 82 condemned inmates from 1915 to 1966. The relic remains at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
The last inmate to die in Oklahoma’s electric chair was killer James D. French, but do you know who was first?
Related posts are in the electric chair category index.