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Hooper and two other lethal injection executions botched

Posted by emily on November 22, 2022
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Austin Sarat writes at Slate about three executions over the span of two days–November 16 and 17–were badly botched. In Murray Hooper’s execution, the team could not access a peripheral vein and resorted to accessing his femoral vein in his groin. Arizona law prevents the defense team or the public from learning the identities of the execution team members, who routinely struggle to access peripheral veins, or determining whether they have adequate training.

Ninth Circuit and Arizona Supreme Court Reject Hooper’s Request for DNA Testing

Posted by emily on November 15, 2022
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On November 10, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s denial of Mr. Hooper’s request for DNA testing and fingerprint testing. These requests were made pursuant to Arizona’s DNA and forensic testing statutes. Read the decision here.

Execution Scheduled for Murray Hooper

Posted by emily on November 10, 2022
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Arizona is set to execute Murray Hooper, age 76, on November 16 at 10 a.m. Mr. Hooper has maintained his innocence for more than 40 years and has requested DNA and fingerprint testing, which the State has opposed. There were significant problems with Mr. Hooper’s trial, including a mistaken identification, the use of paid informant testimony, and significant police misconduct.

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Frank Atwood Case Update: Atwood Petitions Arizona Supreme Court for New Trial; Atwood to Ask Ninth Circuit for Rehearing on Execution Methods

Posted by emily on June 07, 2022
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Atwood asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review a post-conviction relief petition based on evidence of his innocence, prosecutorial wrongdoing after the Pima County Superior Court denied his post-conviction relief petition

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Frank Atwood Petitions Arizona Supreme Court for Stay of Execution

Posted by emily on June 03, 2022
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Atwood is asking Court to halt his execution while it weighs a post-conviction relief petition based on innocence claims, state’s withholding of evidence

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Using Cyanide Gas in Executions is an Affront to Jewish Values

Posted by Kirsty Davis on June 03, 2022
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Arizona’s use of Zyklon B should shock the conscience of all Americans.

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Statement Following Arizona Supreme Court’s Failure to Notify Atwood’s Legal Team of Decision

Posted by emily on June 01, 2022
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Legal team points to this misstep as emblematic of problems plaguing Arizona’s death penalty system

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Frank Atwood: Phoenix Federal Court to Decide Whether Arizona Must Designate New Execution Method

Posted by emily on June 01, 2022
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Mr. Atwood has requested an alternative, constitutional method of execution, contending that forcing him to choose between cyanide gas and lethal injection violates his rights

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Atwood Execution: For Media

Posted by emily on May 25, 2022
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Frank Atwood: Federal Appeals Court Weighs Legal Innocence Arguments

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ADCRR Restricts Media Access to Executions

Posted by emily on May 24, 2022
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Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. has demanded the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry comply with the permanent injunction issued by the U.S. District Court, which requires execution witnesses be permitted “to view the entirety of the execution.” In Mr. Dixon’s execution, when the curtains separating the execution chamber from the witness room were opened, Mr. Dixon was already strapped to the gurney and covered with a blanket. Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. also demands that the Arizona Republic be permitted to attend upcoming executions, including Frank Atwood’s, as a media witness. Read the Republic’s story and the demand letter at AZ Central.

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