First Amendment Coalition Joins Execution-Drug Lawsuit, Seeks Release of Information

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The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona filed an amended complaint on Thursday to join a lawsuit by Federal Public Defenders seeking information about execution drugs.

The public defenders filed their lawsuit on June 26 on behalf of Arizona's condemned prisoners, hoping to find out more about the drug Midazolam and its use in the then-planned execution of convicted murderer Joseph Wood.

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Edward Schad, 71, Is the First Arizona Inmate Executed This Year

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Edward Schad, age 71, is the first Arizona inmate to be executed this year.

Shad was executed today, more than 35 years after he killed a Bisbee man and stole his Cadillac.

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Attorney General Tom Horne Wants Delay of Executions Reduced by a Decade

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Matthew Hendley
Attorney General Tom Horne

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is trying to shave about a decade off the delay between verdicts and executions.

It's not exactly Horne's idea, but he's been trying to get the Justice Department to approve Arizona's rules that expedite the post-conviction process in death-penalty cases.

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Meet the Three Women Currently on Arizona's Death Row

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While a jury's apparently having a tough time deciding whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for killing Travis Alexander, we'll point out that Arias would join just a few other women on death row, if that's where the jury decides to send her.

There are only three Arizona women in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections who have been sentenced to die, and the convictions of one of those women was just recently overturned by a federal appeals court.

See also:
-Death Row Debbie
-How a Teen Prostitute and Beautician Morphed Into a Minuteman American Defense Leader and Alleged Killer
-Psycho Killer: Jodi Arias' Kinky Death-Penalty Trial

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Debra Milke's Overturned Conviction for Killing Son in '89 to Be Appealed by AZ Attorney General Tom Horne

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Debra Milke

Debra Milke, on Death Row since her 1990 conviction for conspiring to have her 4-year-old son killed in 1989, won't be released from prison anytime soon.

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Milke's conviction yesterday, raising the possibility that she could be set free in 30 days. But today, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced he definitely will appeal the court's decision, which means Milke isn't going anywhere -- for now.

See also: Debra Milke's Convictions Overturned in Son's Murder, After Two Decades on Death Row

See also: Debbie Milke Was Convicted of Murdering Her Own Child, Now She May Win Her Freedom (or, At Least, a New Trial)

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Debra Milke's Convictions Overturned in Son's Murder, After Two Decades on Death Row

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Debbie Milke
The convictions and death sentence of Debbie Milke -- who's been on death row in Arizona for more than two decades in her son's murder -- have been overturned by a federal appeals court.

Milke's 4-year-old son, Christopher, went "missing" in December 1989 after a friend and a roommate took the boy "to see Santa" at the Metrocenter mall.

See also:
-Death Row Debbie
-Milke Was Convicted of Murdering Her Own Child, Now She May Win Her Freedom
-Casey Anthony Murder Trial Eerily Reminiscent of Phoenix's Debbie Milke Case

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Richard Glassel, Death Row Inmate, Dies From "Natural Causes" at Age 74

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Richard Glassel
After waiting around in prison for nine years, death-row inmate Richard Glassel died from "apparent natural causes" at the age of 74, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Glassel killed two people and injured three when he opened fire at a board of directors meeting for a retirement community in Peoria on April 19, 2000.

See also:
-Off with their heads
-Nation's Oldest Death Row Inmate Will Never Be Executed

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Richard Stokley Executed for Rape and Murder of Two Teenagers; Partner-in-Crime Out Free

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Richard Stokley
Richard Stokley was executed today at the state prison in Florence, more than 21 years after he and an accomplice kidnapped, raped, and murdered two 13-year-old girls in Cochise County.

While Stokley, 60, got the state's lethal juice today, his accomplice in those crimes, Randy Brazeal, is currently a free man.

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Daniel Cook, Convicted Murderer With Tortured Past, Executed in Florence

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Daniel Cook's dead.
Daniel Cook was executed today in Florence for the 1987 strangulation murders of 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos in Lake Havasu City.

Appeals made by Cook's defense team were denied by a state board for the final time on August 3, and by the U.S. Supreme Court before his execution earlier this morning.

Cook was executed at 11:03 a.m today, after a lethal-injection process that began at 10:26 a.m.

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Daniel Wayne Cook Might Actually Be Executed This Time; The Juice Scheduled for August 8

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Arizona Department of Corrections
Daniel Wayne Cook is going to die someday. The state recommends August 8.
Let's try this one again: Daniel Wayne Cook has a date with death.

After reaching into the excuse bag over and over again to avoid execution -- with the U.S. Supreme Court taking the bait at the last minute more than a year ago -- Cook's execution now is scheduled for August 8, after the high court decided not to side with him.

Cook's supposed to get the state-sponsored juicing for murdering two men in Lake Havasu City in 1987, whom Cook raped and tortured before strangling them to death.

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