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Updated Jul 9, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Judge mulls new tactic in Arizona death penalty cases

PHOENIX — A judge is mulling whether to postpone the July 23 execution of
an Arizona death row inmate who is demanding details about the two-drug
combination that will be used to put him to death.

The argument by inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood’s lawyers marks a new legal tactic
in death penalty cases.

Wood’s attorneys want his execution delayed until officials provide the
information and argued his First Amendment rights were violated by the state’s
refusal to reveal the drugs’ makers.

Two other Arizona death row inmates prevailed last year in making First
Amendment arguments, but the judge in Wood’s case said there’s no case law to
back up his lawyers’ claims.

The state’s lawyers said there is no First Amendment right to the information
Wood seeks.


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