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FILE - This June 29, 2011, photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Charles Warner. Warner was executed Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma. The justices agreed Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it does not produce a deep, comalike unconsciousness and ensure that a prisoner does not experience intense and needless pain when other drugs are injected to kill him. The order came eight days after the court refused to halt the execution Warner that employed the same combination of drugs. The appeal was brought to the court by four Oklahoma inmates with execution dates ranging from January to March. The justices allowed Warner to be put to death and denied stays of execution for the other three. Friday's order does not formally call a halt to those scheduled procedures. But it is inconceivable that the court would allow them to proceed when the justices already have agreed to a full-blown review of the issue. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

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National Edition News cover for January 23, 2015 - Despite infighting, GOP delivers a bill for March for Life activists: Anti-abortion protesters march by the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, during the annual March for Life rally and march. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Pro-life demonstrators turned out en masse at the Supreme Court on Thursday for the annual March for Life rally to protest the landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. (Associated Press)

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (L) and US Chief Justice John G. Roberts (R) arrive for US President Barack Obama's State Of The Union address on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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US Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy stand before US President Barack Obama's State Of The Union address on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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(From L-R) US Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Supreme Court justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor stand before US President Barack Obama's State Of The Union address on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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Sen. Lindsay Graham, D-S.C., quotes Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's oft-criticized remark about her Hispanic heritage affecting judicial decisions, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. It was announced Friday that the Supreme Court will decide gay marriage issue this term. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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A Supreme Court ruling next year may cut off Obamacare's subsidies to two-thirds of the states. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Illustration on Supreme Court case on threatening speech on the Internet by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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National Edition News cover for November 8, 2014 - Supreme Court to hear Obamacare case over subsidies; could redefine the law: The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. The Supreme Court agreed Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. The justices said they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, supporters of health care reform rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on the final day of arguments regarding the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices said they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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Visitors line up to enter the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, as the justices begin the second week of the new term. The landscape has changed very quickly for gay marriage in the U.S. Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from several states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. The Oct. 6 move effectively legalized gay marriage in about 30 states and triggered a flurry of rulings and confusion in lower courts across the nation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2014 file photo shows Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in the House chamber on Capitol Hill waiting for the President's State of the Union address to begin. Roberts is beginning his 10th year at the head of the Supreme Court, and the fifth with the same lineup of justices. He has been part of a five-justice conservative majority that has rolled back campaign finance limits, upheld abortion restrictions and been generally skeptical of the consideration of race in public life. But his court has taken a different path in cases involving gay and lesbian Americans, despite the chief justice's opposition most of the time. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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The Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

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Supreme Court, October 2010 - Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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In this June 26, 2013 file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)