Anti-capital punishment activists have made it difficult for states to carry out sentences with lethal injection so the search for alternatives moves on.
Oklahoma adopts nitrogen as possible execution method
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the U.S. Supreme Court finds the state's lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday.
Oklahoma's adoption of nitrogen gas follows Utah's decision in March to reauthorize the use of firing squads for executions if lethal drugs are not available.
Fallin, a Republican, said she supports capital punishment and believes executions must be performed effectively and without cruelty.
"The bill I signed today gives the state of Oklahoma another death penalty option that meets that standard," Fallin said in a statement.~snip~