"Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Death-Row Inmates' Claims," is the AP coverage filed by Sean Murphy, via HuffPost.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them both on track to be executed as early as next week.
In rejecting the inmates' claims late Wednesday, the court also lifted a stay of execution that it had granted earlier in the week in a case that placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for the impeachment of Supreme Court justices.
The decision paves the way for death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. A stay issued on Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin remains in place for Lockett, but only until April 29, the same day Warner is scheduled to die.
Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz has said the governor is still reviewing the court's ruling and has not made a decision on what she will do. Weintz has said it is possible both men could be executed on April 29.
The Guardian posts, "Oklahoma court lifts stay of executions, heading off confrontation with governor," by Katie Fretland.
The Oklahoma supreme court has dissolved its stay of the executions of two men who challenged the state's secrecy about its source of lethal injection drugs. The court reversed the decision of a district court judge who said the law that keeps the source secret is unconstitutional.
The turnaround heads off a potential constitutional crisis sparked by the state's Republican governor, Mary Fallin, who had tried to override the stay by issuing an executive order to go ahead with the sentences.
A day after the Oklahoma supreme court originally issued a stay of execution for the two convicted killers, the governor issued her own order on Tuesday that the state would carry out the sentences next week, but legal experts said she had no power to do so.
The court's reversal on Wednesday came hours after a resolution by an Oklahoma House member to try to impeach some of its justices.
In removing the stay, the court said the inmates had failed to demonstrate "actual injury" and that "the right of access to the courts does not include the right to discover a cause of action" to litigate.
"Path to executions cleared as Oklahoma Supreme Court reverses lower court's ruling," is by Ziva Branstetter and Barbara Hoberock of the Tulsa World.
"It is unacceptable that Oklahomans have no way of knowing that the scheduled upcoming executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner would be carried out in a constitutional and humane manner," Seth Day, an attorney for Lockett and Warner, said in a statement Wednesday. "It's not even known whether the lethal injection drugs to be used were obtained legally, and nothing is known about their source, purity, or efficacy, among other questions."
The state Supreme Court had differed with the state Court of Criminal Appeals over whether it had jurisdiction to stay the executions. By a 5-4 vote Monday, the Supreme Court stayed the executions of Lockett and Warner.
The inmates are challenging a state law that allows Oklahoma to withhold information about drugs used in executions. That law was enacted in 2011 to shield drug suppliers who did not want to be publicly linked to the death penalty.
The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling says it began its review of the case March 11 when the inmates filed an appeal. Attorneys for the inmates argued that the state law barring the release of information about suppliers of execution drugs violated their constitutional rights.
Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish agreed, finding that the secrecy law barred the inmates' access to the courts. The state appealed Friday on behalf of the Department of Corrections.
"In view of the gravity of the case, review of the record has been expedited and has been completed in 43 days," the Supreme Court ruling states.
It says there was no need for Parrish to declare the secrecy law unconstitutional for the inmates to discover what drugs would be used to execute them.
"Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward," is by Nolan Clay for the Oklahoman.
In a strongly worded concurring opinion Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Steven Taylor called the inmates’ challenge frivolous and a complete waste of the court’s time and resources.
Taylor has repeatedly contended the Supreme Court never should have taken up the inmates’ challenge at all. He contends justices should have sent the issue to the Court of Criminal Appeals.
He wrote Wednesday the inmates had no right to information about where the execution drugs came from.
Earlier coverage from Oklahoma begins at the link.