Six death row inmates, including one scheduled to die July 23, sued the state today in federal court, alleging the secrecy surrounding the lethal drugs to be used in executions violates their First Amendment rights.Read More »
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.
Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, an anti-capital punishment group reports.Read More »
A state appellate court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of Arizona's injection execution law but warned the state that last-minute changes in execution procedures are a problem.Read More »
Even though the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t block death-row inmate Samuel Lopez’s execution, it took a dim view of Arizona’s lethal-injection procedures, particularly the secrecy that veils executions.Read More »
Arizona's largely new clemency board on Monday is expected to consider the case of a death-row inmate set for execution next week.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
For the second time in four years the Arizona Department of Corrections will be going to court to defend the way it carries out executions.Read More »
A lawsuit claims the Arizona Legislature delegated too much authority to the state Department of Corrections' director to determine how Death Row inmates are executed.Read More »