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Supreme Court to consider if two Arizona death-row inmates get new hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider whether two Arizona death-row inmates should get new hearings based on claims that attorneys who represented them decades ago failed to present evidence that could have spared them. ... Read more»

Despite Arizona's push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.... Read more»

4 inmate deaths from COVID-19 possible; Critics assail prison response

As many as four inmates may have died from COVID-19, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections, which critics charge is not doing enough to protect prisoners and guards from infection in the tight quarters of a prison. ... Read more»

Experts ask death penalty states for scarce drugs that can treat CV-19 patients

Public health officials who use certain “execution drugs” to treat COVID-19 patients face competition from states that use those drugs to end lives rather than save them. ... Read more»

Az execution witnesses have 1st Amendment right to hear entire process, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that witnesses to Arizona executions have a First Amendment right to hear the entire execution process to help determine if executions are done “in a humane and lawful manner.”... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Az's longest-serving death-row inmate

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat murderer and rapist who has been on Arizona’s death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County.... Read more»

Supreme Court OKs use of lethal-injection drug used in botched Az execution

Use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, despite its use in botched executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, the Supreme Court ruled this week.... Read more»

Az could tie execution record in 2012—pace likely to continue

When prison officials pronounced convicted killer Samuel Lopez dead from a lethal injection at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, it was the fourth execution in Arizona in the first six months of 2012. At that pace, the state could be on track to match its record of seven executions in a single year.... Read more»