Entries tagged with “Frank Atwood

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Mental Illness

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Representation

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Apr 12, 2021

Arizona AG Asks Court to Set Execution Dates, Sparking Broad Backlash

Nearly sev­en years after the botched exe­cu­tion of Joseph Wood put the death penal­ty on hold in Arizona, state offi­cials are seek­ing to resume exe­cu­tions. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on April 6, 2021 that he is ask­ing the Arizona Supreme Court to set a brief­ing sched­ule and issue exe­cu­tion war­rants for death-row pris­on­ers Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood. At present, no state but Texas has any pend­ing exe­cu­tions sched­uled for 2021.

Executions

Methods of Execution

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Jun 02, 2021

Arizona Prepares for Executions With Gas Used in Holocaust Death Camps

Arizona report­ed­ly has refur­bished” its gas cham­ber and has spent more than $2,000 to acquire ingre­di­ents to exe­cute pris­on­ers with cyanide gas, the same gas used by the Nazis to mur­der more than one mil­lion men, women, and chil­dren dur­ing the Holocaust.

Executions

Upcoming Executions

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Lethal Injection

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Jul 12, 2021

Arizona Seeks to Expedite Executions, With Less Judicial Oversight, Because of Its Own Error on Shelf Life of Execution Drugs

The Arizona Attorney General’s office has asked the Arizona Supreme Court to cur­tail the time allot­ted to judi­cial review of legal issues in the cas­es of two death-row pris­on­ers pros­e­cu­tors want to exe­cute, say­ing that the drugs they intend to use in the exe­cu­tions remain potent half as long as it had pre­vi­ous­ly represented.

Executions

Upcoming Executions

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Lethal Injection

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Jul 12, 2021

Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Prosecution Attempt to Expedite Executions Based on Its Own Error on Shelf Life of Execution Drugs

The Arizona Supreme Court has reject­ed the efforts of Arizona pros­e­cu­tors to expe­dite the exe­cu­tions of two death-row pris­on­ers and fur­ther lim­it appeals judi­cial review of legal issues in their cas­es. The Arizona Attorney General’s office had sought to short­en judi­cial review in the cas­es of death-row pris­on­ers Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon after learn­ing that the shelf life of the drugs it intend­ed to use in the exe­cu­tions would expire before the exe­cu­tions could be car­ried out.

Policy Issues

Secrecy

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Jun 02, 2022

Arizona Violated Court Order to Allow Media to Witness Execution, Lawyer for Newspapers Says

Arizona vio­lat­ed state law, state cor­rec­tions poli­cies, and a court order by deny­ing a reporter from the state’s largest dai­ly cir­cu­la­tion news­pa­per access to view the May 11 exe­cu­tion of Clarence Dixon and by block­ing wit­ness­es’ views of a por­tion of the exe­cu­tion process, a lawyer for the news­pa­per has charged.

Facts & Research

History of the Death Penalty

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Botched Executions

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Lethal Injection

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Dec 07, 2022

As Lethal Injection Turns Forty, States Botch a Record Number of Executions

On December 7, 1982, Texas strapped Charles Brooks to a gur­ney, insert­ed an intra­venous line into his arm, and inject­ed a lethal dose of sodi­um thiopen­tal into his veins, launch­ing the lethal-injec­tion era of American exe­cu­tions. In the pre­cise­ly forty years since, U.S. states and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment have put 1377 pris­on­ers to death by some ver­sion of the method. Touted as swift and pain­less and a more humane way to die — just as exe­cu­tion pro­po­nents had said near­ly a cen­tu­ry before about the elec­tric chair — the method…

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Lethal Injection

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Jun 07, 2022

Federal Courts Deny Arizona Prisoner’s Lethal-Injection Challenge and Request to Present New Evidence of Innocence

Federal courts denied relief in two law­suits brought by Arizona death-row pris­on­er Frank Atwood, clear­ing the path for his exe­cu­tion on June 8, 2022. Atwood had sought an oppor­tu­ni­ty to present new evi­dence of his inno­cence, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reject­ed that peti­tion. The appel­late court also affirmed the Arizona fed­er­al dis­trict court’s denial of Atwood’s chal­lenge to the state’s lethal-injec­tion pro­ce­dure, which Atwood said would cause him excru­ci­at­ing pain due to a debil­i­tat­ing spinal condition.

Executions

Executions Overview

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Botched Executions

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Lethal Injection

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Jan 17, 2023

Tennessee Gov. Says No Death Warrants Until Execution Protocol Problems Fixed

Tennessee will not resume exe­cu­tions until it fix­es sys­temic prob­lems with the admin­is­tra­tion of its exe­cu­tion pro­to­col, Governor Bill Lee has announced. It’s a very impor­tant issue that has to be done cor­rect­ly,” Lee told reporters on January 5, 2023. And we will take the time to fix the pro­to­col and to make cer­tain that we don’t move for­ward until everything’s in place.”

Executions

Botched Executions

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Lethal Injection

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Jun 15, 2022

Witness: In Surreal’ Event, Possibly Innocent Death-Row Prisoner Helped Arizona Executioners Find a Vein After They Failed to Set IV Line

At his June 8, 2022 exe­cu­tion in Arizona, Frank Atwood helped prison offi­cials find a suit­able vein for the IV line that would admin­is­ter the lethal-injec­tion drugs to end his life. Jimmy Jenkins, a reporter at the Arizona Republic who wit­nessed the exe­cu­tion, called the expe­ri­ence of watch­ing Atwood direct the state to his vein sur­re­al.” He wrote in his account of the exe­cu­tion that I have wit­nessed life. And I have wit­nessed death. But noth­ing could have pre­pared me for the sur­re­al spec­ta­cle I wit­nessed dur­ing the exe­cu­tion of…