Judge Denies Emergency Motion For Death Row Inmates

Beverly Cantrell - January 14, 2022 9:01 am

A judge has denied an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction for death row inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle.

The order came from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Grant and Postelle had both asked for execution via firing squad instead of lethal injection.

Judge Stephen Friot commented on the decision by stating,

“It is sufficient to say here that a prisoner who challenges the state’s method of execution must show that the state’s method presents “a substantial risk of severe pain.” A method of execution that presents a “substantial risk” is one that “is sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering.” Grant and Postelle have not made that showing.”


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