Report: Oklahoma officials joked about trading death penalty drugs for perks
The Oklahoma State Attorney General says his office is unable to comment about a recent report that states members from his office joked about trading death penalty drugs for personal perks.
The Colorado Independent posted an in-depth report online Tuesday that it claims shows Oklahoma's "flippant" attitude towards the death penalty.
The Independent says Texas had requested assistance from the Sooner State in January 2011. The article claims former Assistant Attorney General Stephen J. Krise joked that Oklahoma would offer assistance to Texas if the Longhorns lost several games intentionally to the University of Oklahoma.
"Looks like they waited until the last minute and now need help from those they refused to help earlier," Krise wrote in the emails obtained by the Independent. "So, I propose we help if TX promises to take a dive in the OU-TX game for the next 4 years." Krise does not currently work for the AG's office.
The report comes the same day that Oklahoma announced it had delayed the execution of two inmates currently on death row due to a lack of lethal drugs. Clayton Lockett's execution was moved to April 22 and Charles Warner's to April 29. They had been set to die this week and next week.
Aaron Cooper, director ofpublic affairs for the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, told FOX 25 Pruittwas "unavailable" to discuss the matter. Cooper said the AG's officeis conducting an investigation.
"This report is on emails that are more than three years old, and the timing of the story at least raises the question of the motives behind its publication. These comments were exchanged between two colleagues who deal with very serious and difficult issues on a daily basis. The attorney general has advised those involved that he believes the comments were inappropriate. While their comments regarding a well-known interstate rivalry were a poor attempt at humor, to imply anything else is wrong." Cooper said.