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Oklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured as execution dates neared 'to get it done'

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system says he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, despite the lack of an execution method.

Corrections Department lawyer Michael Oakley said during a federal court hearing Thursday that he felt pressured "to get it done."

Inmate Clayton Lockett was executed under new protocols last April, but mumbled and struggled against his restraints as he died. Remaining death row inmates contend that Oklahoma is experimenting on them and say they don't want executions to resume next month.

Prison officials say guidelines adopted after Lockett's death will ensure future executions go smoothly.

The inmates say the sedative used in Lockett's execution isn't appropriate. It was implicated in botched executions in Arizona and Ohio.