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Arizona tries to conceal identity of firm that makes chemical for lethal injections

Masks are synonymous with executioners. So in keeping with that tradition, the Arizona Department of Corrections tried to follow other states and extend anonymity to the company that makes the chemical used in lethal injections.

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Condemned prisoners use separation of powers argument in appeal (access required)

Three prisoners took their case to the Arizona Court of Appeals Friday, arguing that the statute governing lethal injection violates the separation of powers doctrine because the Legislature delegated its authority over executions to the executive branch. They also argue that they aren’t left with any legal recourse if the Department of Corrections changes its execution procedures.

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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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