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Updated Jul 17, 2014 - 7:39 am

Arizona death row inmate seeks reprieve from execution

PHOENIX — Attorneys for an Arizona death row inmate have asked a federal
appeals court to give their client a reprieve from his July 23 execution while
they litigate an appeal on his behalf.

Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to
reverse a decision last week from a lower court judge who rejected arguments
that his First Amendment rights were violated by the state’s refusal to reveal
the drugmakers and other details.

Wood’s lawyers said the information will promote confidence in the courts
system.

The state’s lawyers said Wood doesn’t have a right to the information he is
seeking.

Wood is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged
girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz, in Tucson.

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