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A federal appeals court rejected Leroy McGill’s argument that he should not have been sentenced to death in the 2002 burning death of his Sunnyslope ex-roommate.

An appeals court Thursday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s argument that his sentence was unconstitutional because his crime, burning a former roommate to death, was committed in a brief window when the state was revising its death penalty law. Read more»

Prisoners’ rights to confidential communication with their attorneys includes the right to watch jailers open some mail in front of them to make sure it’s not being read, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Read more» 1

Arizona death-row inmate Scott Nordstrom will get a new hearing on his claim that prison officials violated his constitutional right to counsel by reading a letter he wrote to his attorney. Nordstrom has been on death row since 1998 for a series of 1996 Tucson murders.

A federal appeals court Monday ordered a new hearing for an Arizona death-row inmate who said prison officials violated his constitutional right to counsel by reading a letter he sent to his attorney. Scott Nordstrom was convicted in a 1996 murder spree that killed six at Tucson's Moon Smoke Shop and Fire Fighters Union Hall. Read more»

Loughner, after his January arrest.

Accused Jan. 8 shooter Jared Lee Loughner told a prison psychologist that he doesn't want interviews with her videotaped, even as his lawyers are seeking a court order to have such examinations recorded. Read more» 1

Should accused Jan. 8 shooter Jared Lee Loughner continue to be medicated against his will, even though no court has ordered him forcibly drugged? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on that question Tuesday. Read more»