KJZZ: Arizona Backtracks On Expiration Date For Death Penalty Drugs

Posted by emily on June 23, 2021
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Jimmy Jenkins reports on the Arizona Attorney General’s request to modify the briefing schedule on its requests to obtain execution warrants for Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood. The request comes because the AG’s office previously stated that, once compounded, the pentobarbital it intends to use to carry out lethal injections has a shelf-life of 90 days. The AG now concedes that the shelf-life is only 45 days. Read the article and see related documents and pleadings here.

I watched Don Harding’s execution in an Arizona gas chamber. His face still haunts me

Posted by emily on June 08, 2021
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Attorney Jim Belanger has published an op-ed in the Arizona Republic regarding his experience witnessing his client’s execution by lethal gas. Read the opinion piece here.

New York Times: Outrage Greets Report of Arizona Plan to Use ‘Holocaust Gas’ in Executions

Posted by emily on June 02, 2021
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The New York Times and others, including Al Jazeera and CBS News report on Arizona’s plan to use hydrogen cyanide to execute death row inmates. The reports note that Arizona’s lethal gas protocol does not allow for the use of hydrogen cyanide, a gas used by the Nazis to kill more than a million prisoners at Auschwitz, including 865,000 Jewish prisoners.

Arizona wants to use Zyklon B to execute inmates on death row

Posted by emily on June 01, 2021
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The Jerusalem Post reports on Arizona’s plan to use hydrogen cyanide, known as Zyklon B during the holocaust, to execute inmates. Read more here.

Arizona ‘refurbishes’ its gas chamber to prepare for executions, documents reveal

Posted by emily on May 28, 2021
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The Guardian reports that Arizona has refurbished its gas chamber and is prepared to execute inmates with hydrogen cyanide – the same gas used at Auschwitz. Read the article here.

Media Coverage on Arizona Supreme Court’s scheduling orders for Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon

Posted by emily on May 26, 2021
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From Newsweek:

Arizona Supreme Court Sets Deadline For Warrant Seeking Frank Atwood’s Execution

Court Allows Arizona AG to Seek Execution Date for Frank Atwood Despite Serious Unanswered Questions About His Conviction

Posted by emily on May 25, 2021
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(May 25, 2021) Despite the many unanswered questions that leave grave doubt about whether Frank Atwood is responsible for the crime for which he faces execution, the Arizona Supreme Court has granted the state Attorney General’s motion to begin the process of setting an execution date for him this fall. The court’s ruling allows the Attorney General to formally request, in July, an execution warrant for Mr. Atwood, setting the stage for an execution date by as soon as late September.

KJZZ: “Attorneys For Arizona Death Row Prisoner Request Hearing Over Lethal Injection Drugs”

Posted by emily on May 05, 2021
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Jimmy Jenkins reports on Frank Atwood’s motion for evidentiary development regarding the shelf-life of compounded pentobarbital.

Prisoner disputes shelf life of Arizona’s execution drug

Posted by Kirsty Davis on April 29, 2021
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https://apnews.com/article/arizona-executions-08d613610165a023a5cd4db2be85a8f6

 

Prisoner disputes shelf life of Arizona’s execution drug

NPR: Attorneys For Death Row Prisoners Push Back On AG’s Request To Set Execution Dates

Posted by emily on April 26, 2021
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In a filing this week, attorneys for Atwood asked the state Supreme Court to deny the AG’s request, saying their client has an active appeal.