- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Death-penalty opponents say they’re “deeply disturbed” that an Oklahoma assistant attorney general suggested they are behind threats to companies that supply drugs for executions.

Assistant Attorney General John Hadden said in an Oklahoma County court hearing Wednesday that Oklahoma needs to protect pharmacies from threats by “anti-death penalty activists.”

Adam Leathers, the co-chairman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said Thursday that death penalty abolitionists are upset that Hadden accused them of being “willing to send in bomb threats.”

He said the threats go against anything the group stands for and are unfounded.

Calls to the Oklahoma attorney general’s office were not returned Thursday.

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