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    • The Guardian, ACLU sue for greater media access to executions - The Washington Post
      This lawsuit specifically cites Oklahoma’s botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett in April. Witnesses were not able to see the entirety of what happened, as they were unable to watch Lockett’s final minutes. The media, and therefore the public, “received only government-edited access to an important government proceeding,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
    • Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional
      A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney said the state’s death penalty has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, most of whom will never be executed.

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