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Alabama Postpones Executions as Supreme Court Reviews Drug

Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:21 PM

A federal judge says Alabama has agreed to stay pending executions as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews a drug that the state plans to use for its next lethal injection.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Wednesday said that the state agreed to postpone arguments "in lethal-injection cases across the board" until justices issue a decision.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office on Thursday would not confirm that the state had agreed to postpone executions. However, she did say the state was not opposing inmate requests to stay three scheduled executions in the state.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 29 in an Oklahoma case regarding the sedative midazolam. Alabama has a new lethal-injection procedure that begins with a dose of midazolam.

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