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Group wants to appeal decision in lawsuit over death penalty

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The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona has asked a judge to clear the way for it to appeal a ruling last month that dismissed the group from a lawsuit protesting the way the state carries out the death penalty.

The group had joined death-row inmates in the lawsuit and alleged the state violated the coalition’s First Amendment right of access to governmental proceeding by deliberately concealing information about executions from the public.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake has dismissed the coalition from the case, but allowed some claims brought by the inmates to continue.

The group is now asking Wake to issue a judgment so it can appeal the decision.

Otherwise, the group must wait until the case concludes.

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