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Delay Sought in Oklahoma Executions

The Washington Post reports:

Oklahoma's attorney general asked a court Thursday to delay putting an inmate to death in the wake of a botched execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary last month.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office said in a court filing Thursday that it would agree to a six-month stay of the execution of inmate Charles Warner, who was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection next week. An Oklahoma court will make the final determination on when the execution will go forward. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) only has authority to issue a 60-day stay on executions.

This is the right thing to do.  The great majority of the stays sought for executions are for concocted reasons, and are filed, usually at the last minute, simply to run the clock and put another chit in the abolitionist pot that capital punishment should be abolished because "it takes too long."  But this time is different.  The problem was real, not concocted, and the right (and legally prudent) thing to do is find out what went wrong and correct it.

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