- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections.

Pruitt’s office filed a brief in the case Wednesday that says federal courts have ruled the dosage of midazolam called for by Oklahoma’s execution protocol is likely to render death row inmates unconscious during their executions.

The nation’s highest court agreed to review the state’s execution method in connection with a lawsuit by Oklahoma death-row inmates who allege their executions could be cruel and violate their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit was filed following last year’s execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned before he was declared dead 43 minutes after his execution began. Midazolam was one of the drugs used in Lockett’s execution.

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