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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court heard arguments about the way Oklahoma executes death row prisoners on Wednesday.

The nation’s highest court will ultimately decide if it’s constitutional for Oklahoma to use a controversial 3-drug combination.

The drug Midazolam is at the center of the legal argument.

It’s a sedative the state began to use after pharmaceutical companies refused to provide the sedatives formerly used to enforce the death penalty.

But, when it was used to put Clayton Lockett to death one year ago today, the result was a prolonged death with Lockett groaning and writhing on the execution table.

You can read the complete transcript of today’s proceeding here: SCOTUS Execution Transcript.

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