Suit over AZ execution procedures dismissed

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A lawsuit challenging how Arizona conducts executions has been dismissed in the wake of the state changing procedures that drew objections from lawyers for death-row inmates.

The changes include using one execution drug instead of the three-drug mix that the state has used for nearly three decades, and allowing witnesses to watch the execution team insert injection lines into the condemned prisoner.

Lawyers for the state and inmates on Wednesday jointly asked a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss the suit, and he promptly did so.

The suit was filed in February, but it followed years of litigation concerning some of the same concerns that inmates could be subjected to pain and suffering in violation of the constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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