Although the U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 approved the use of the sedative midazolam in executions, an attorney for Arizona death-row prisoners said the issue of whether use of the drug is constitutional isn’t completely settled.Read More »
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Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.Read More »
Death penalty opponents have filed a court challenge seeking to stop executions in Arizona on the grounds that state law is unconstitutionally arbitrary.Read More »
A man who killed two others in a 1989 Tucson drug ripoff will get a chance to escape being executed. In a split decision on Dec. 29, the majority of a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the attorney for Eric Owen Mann failed to investigate the effects that a 1985 traffic accident might have had on him.Read More »
It could be months before Arizona officials seek execution warrants for death-row inmates after a judge granted a joint request by the state and defense attorneys.Read More »
An independent investigation of the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona death row inmate is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, attorneys representing the state said Wednesday.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Corrections is going to resume executions by using a secret pharmacy to mix a drug combination that left an Ohio prisoner choking and snorting for 19 minutes as he died in January.Read More »
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles wants to add human smugglers who kill to the categories that qualify someone for death row.
He also wants to add people who the state can prove will likely kill again.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants a court to force the Justice Department to act on his request to fast-track federal death penalty appeals in Arizona cases.Read More »
The United States Supreme Court is going to decide Oct. 5 whether to hear a case involving a 2004 Arizona law that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote.Read More »