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Supreme Court denies inmate's last-ditch appeal

July 23, 2014
Associated Press

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a final, last-ditch appeal of an Arizona murderer seeking a reprieve from execution.

The decision came about an hour before Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to be executed Wednesday in a 1989 double murder.

The high court had put the execution back on track a day earlier in a separate matter involving the secrecy surrounding Arizona's lethal injection drugs.

In that appeal, Wood's lawyers used a new legal tactic in which defense attorneys claim their clients' First Amendment rights are being violated by the government's refusal to reveal details about lethal injection drugs.

A federal appeals court ruled in Wood's favor before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution.



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