Lawyers for five Arizona death row inmates are appealing a federal judge’s ruling that how the state conducts injection executions doesn’t violate the inmates’ rights. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the prisoners claimed the state has deviated from court-approved processes by using unvetted personnel to administer lethal injections under a sheet, away from witnesses’ view.
U.S. District Judge Neil Wake dismissed the lawsuit. He ruled that he didn’t find evidence that Arizona’s practices violate constitutional protections. A brief notice filed Friday with the District Court says the inmates will appeal Wake’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.