PHOENIX — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Friday whether
to postpone an Arizona death row inmate’s July 23 execution until officials
reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to
Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to
reverse a lower court’s decision last week that rejected arguments that the
prisoner’s First Amendment rights were violated by the state’s refusal to reveal
the drug makers and other details.
Attorneys for the state argued there is no First Amendment right to the
information Wood sought.
Wood is scheduled to be executed for the August 1989 shooting deaths of his
estranged girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz, at an
automotive shop in Tucson.