Representative seeks impeachment of Supreme Court Justices over death penalty
By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -
A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates.
Republican state Rep. Mike Christian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that five justices engaged in a "willful neglect of duty."
Under the state constitution, the Supreme Court handles civil cases while the Court of Criminal Appeals takes those involving inmates.
Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were scheduled to die this month. They filed a lawsuit in civil court challenging secrecy surrounding execution drugs. They did not challenge their convictions.
The Court of Criminal Appeals has said it couldn't weigh in because it didn't have the power. The high court said a "rule of necessity" led to the stay.