Appeals court refuses to block Arizona execution

 

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Appeals court refuses to block Arizona execution.

A federal appeals court is refusing to block an Arizona execution scheduled for Wednesday.

Separate three-judge panels of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday each denied an appeal filed on behalf of Samuel Villegas Lopez.

One of the appeals challenged the state’s execution procedures while the other argued that Lopez was denied effective legal representation.

Meanwhile, Lopez’s lawyers have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to block his execution so a lower court can consider whether Lopez’s rights to a fair clemency hearing have been violated.

Lopez is scheduled to be executed for the 1986 murder of Estefana Holmes of Phoenix.

LOPEZ IS IN JAIL SINCE 1986 – SPEND HIM GRACE –

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/05/15/20120515arizona-execution-lopez-appeal-denied.html?sf4269900=1#ixzz1uyd8uJCj

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