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Maricopa County OKs $4M for death penalty appeals

This is the execution room at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence. (File Photo)

Maricopa County officials have approved spending up to $4 million to cover post-conviction appeals for defendants facing the death penalty.

The Arizona Republic reports the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to channel money from a general fund to the county Public Defender’s Office.

That office is charged with representing people sentenced to death.

County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says the Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision to lower the required number of attorneys in post-conviction appellate cases from two to one will allow more cases to move through the process.

Gerchick says there was an unprecedented rise in death-penalty cases in recent years. She says many occurred during former County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ term. Thomas was disbarred for ethical misconduct in April.

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One comment

  1. This is a drop in the bucket of what taxpayers will be paying for decades for damage the Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander “troika”reign of terror on the state caused with their abuse of power and unethical behavior.

    April 10, 2012 Judge’s Ruling to disbar Thomas / Aubuchon and sanction Rachel Alexander

    Presiding Disciplinary Judge > Video Page (archived links of all the disciplinary hearings, listen to Sept. 12, 2011 AZ Bar Attorney Gleason’s opening statement against Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander.

    http://www.azcourts.gov/pdj/VideoPage.aspx

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