Ruling on Ariz. execution processes to be appealed

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PHOENIX (AP) -- 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 for due process and equal protection and against cruel and unusual punishment.

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.