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Judge: ‘Strong likelihood’ state didn’t follow law in execution case (access required)

Death-row inmate Samuel Lopez has asked the Arizona Supreme Court to delay his scheduled execution on Wednesday after a lower-court found there is a good chance the state didn’t follow the law in choosing three new members to the Board of Executive Clemency.

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