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Inmate asks US high court to block execution

Lawyers for an Arizona inmate are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution scheduled Wednesday.

They argue that Donald Beaty was denied effective representation at key points in his case.

The appeal filed Friday on Beaty’s behalf asks the justices to find that there’s a constitutional right to effective representation in post-conviction proceedings in trial court.

Beaty’s lawyers say lapses by an early post-trial defense attorney denied Beaty an opportunity to argue that mitigation evidence should have been presented during sentencing.

On another front, Beaty’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit claiming that state officials are violating Arizona’s public records law by withholding records on the acquisition on execution drugs.

Beaty was convicted in the 1984 rape and murder of 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff of Tempe.

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