Executions in Oklahoma remain on hold until judge rules on constitutionality of method

Oklahoma executions could resume as early as this summer if a federal judge rejects inmates’ complaints about the lethal injection procedure.

A trial over the procedure wrapped up Monday in Oklahoma City federal court after six days.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot made a point of telling attorneys Monday he had started the trial with an open mind. He also said he took 103 pages of handwritten notes.

The judge will rule in writing once he reviews a transcript of the testimony and post-trial filings.

A transcript could take as long as 30 days to finish. Attorneys on both sides then will have 30 days to make post-trial filings.

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