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Execution Warrant Issued for Frank Atwood

Posted by emily on May 03, 2022
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The Arizona Supreme Court has granted the State’s Motion for Execution Warrant for Mr. Atwood. He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection or lethal gas on June 8.

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Clemency Denied for Clarence Dixon

Posted by emily on April 28, 2022
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The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency unanimously voted to deny commutation or reprieve to Clarence Dixon. Read the Arizona Republic’s reporting

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Court ruling is a “big blow” to the Attorney General’s plan to execute Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood

Posted by emily on July 15, 2021
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ABC15 in Phoenix offers additional coverage of the Arizona Supreme Court’s order denying the Attorney General’s request to modify the briefing schedule on their planned motion for execution warrants for Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood. Read the article here.

Arizona Supreme Court Denies Request to Speed Up Execution Process

Posted by emily on July 13, 2021
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The Arizona Supreme Court has denied the State’s request to modify the briefing schedule for its motions for execution warrants in the cases of Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood. The court also vacated the briefing schedule and ordered that the state may renew its request after it completes specialized testing of the compounded pentobarbital.  Media coverage is below.

Arizona Supreme Court: State can’t rush execution of long-standing death row inmates

Posted by Kirsty Davis on July 12, 2021
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https://www.kold.com/2021/07/12/arizona-supreme-court-state-cant-rush-execution-long-standing-death-row-inmates/

July 12, 2021

Attorneys ask court to reject request to expedite hearings for Arizona death row inmates

Posted by Kirsty Davis on July 07, 2021
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https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2021/07/06/attorneys-object-speeding-up-arizona-execution-schedule-clarence-dixon-frank-atwood/7880317002/ 

 

AZ Central on Arizona’s Motion to Modify Briefing Schedule

Posted by emily on June 24, 2021
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Arizona authorities ask to expedite 2 executions, citing shelf life of lethal injection drug

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.