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Ruling on Ariz. execution processes to be appealed

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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 7:21 pm

Lawyers for five Arizona death row inmates are appealing a federal judge’s ruling that how the state conducts injection executions doesn’t violate the inmates’ rights. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the prisoners claimed the state has deviated from court-approved processes by using unvetted personnel to administer lethal injections under a sheet, away from witnesses’ view.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake dismissed the lawsuit.  He ruled that he didn’t find evidence that Arizona’s practices violate constitutional protections. A brief notice filed Friday with the District Court says the inmates will appeal Wake’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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