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Judge mulls new tactic in death penalty cases

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PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is mulling whether to postpone the July 23 execution of an Arizona death row inmate who is demanding details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

The argument by inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood's lawyers marks a new legal tactic in death penalty cases.

Wood's attorneys want his execution delayed until officials provide the information and argued his First Amendment rights were violated by the state's refusal to reveal the drugs' makers.

Two other Arizona death row inmates prevailed last year in making First Amendment arguments, but the judge in Wood's case said there's no case law to back up his lawyers' claims.

The state's lawyers say there is no First Amendment right to the information Wood seeks.

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