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Oklahoma Officials Joke About Trading Football Tickets for Lethal Injections

| by Michael Allen

U.S. states that carry out the death penalty have found it more and more difficult to buy lethal injection drugs.

American and European suppliers have been cutting back on death drugs because of the negative publicity, notes Mediaite.com.

According to The Colorado Independent, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled this week to delay the execution of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner because state officials are struggling to find lethal chemicals to perform the executions.

“The State will continue to pursue any and all leads in an attempt to obtain the necessary execution drugs in the days leading up to the scheduled executions for Lockett and Warner,” Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham wrote in a court filing on Monday. “Should the drugs become available, (the corrections department) intends to proceed forward with these executions as scheduled.”

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But it's not all drama, sometimes Oklahoma finds dark humor in acquiring death penalty drugs.

The Colorado Independent reports:

In response to a request from Texas for advice on how to deal with the scarcity of the lethal injection drug sodium thiopental, records show that Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham quipped in a January 2011 email to a colleague that Oklahoma might cooperate in exchange for much sought-after 50-yard-line tickets to the Red River Rivalry, a football game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. In a reply, fellow Assistant Attorney General Stephen J. Krise joked that for Oklahoma’s assistance Texas’s team should intentionally lose several games.

Sources: Mediaite.com and The Colorado Independent