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AZ on pace to match busiest year for executions

With two executions already carried out so far this year and two more up for consideration next week, Arizona is on pace to match its busiest year for executions since establishing the death penalty in 1910 and be among the busiest death-penalty states in the nation, The Associated Press has determined.

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Lawyers say Arizona not following execution rules

Lawyers for Arizona death-row inmates say the state is ignoring provisions in its own protocol on conducting injection executions.

A trial begun Monday in federal court examines claims that Arizona's execution practices violate inmates' rights by threatening to subject them to unconstitutional pain and suffering.

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