Arizona violates journalists’ rights to witness executions

The lethal injection execution chamber at the Arizona State Prison in Florence as seen in 1993.

The Arizona Republic is demanding the Arizona Department of Corrections observe their very own protocols and provides the press its legally mandated entry to function witnesses to executions.

The Department of Corrections violated the regulation and its personal insurance policies by denying The Republic entry to the execution of Clarence Dixon, and for failing to permit different witnesses who had been granted entry to see the whole lot of the execution, lawyer David Bodney mentioned in a letter despatched Monday to Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn and Gov. Doug Ducey.

Bodney represents Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., which publishes The Republic and

While the state’s tips permit Corrections director David Shinn to invite up to 5 members of the media, solely three reporters got entry to the May 11 execution of Clarence Dixon, the primary execution in Arizona in 14 years. 

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