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Arizona Supreme Court denies delay in executions

The Arizona Supreme Court has refused to delay the upcoming executions of two Arizona death-row inmates.

The court on Friday denied motions to stay the executions of Richard Lynn Bible and Thomas Paul West without explanation.

Bible is set to be executed by lethal injection Thursday at the state prison in Florence. West is scheduled to be executed on July 19.

Bible’s lawyer had argued that the state Department of Corrections wouldn’t tell him where or when it obtained the drugs that will be used in his execution or provide the qualifications of those who will be injecting them.

West’s attorneys argued that he had ineffective lawyers at the time of his sentencing and his recent diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder likely would have gotten him a lesser sentence.

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