Appeals court reinstates several Oklahoma death row prisoners to lawsuit

A federal appeals court has ordered that several Oklahoma death row prisoners be reinstated to a lawsuit challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said a lower court made a mistake by dismissing six prisoners from the lawsuit.

A group of more than two dozen death row inmates filed a motion to reopen their case in February 2020 after the state announced plans to resume executions. The court documents said the new lethal injection protocol was incomplete. They originally filed the lawsuit in 2014.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled in August that because the six inmates failed to specify an alternative execution method to lethal injection, they could no longer be included in the lawsuit.

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