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Judge: Ariz. death-row inmate entitled to hearing

Judge: Ariz. death-row inmate entitled to hearing

CREATED May 14, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona judge says a death-row inmate facing execution Wednesday is entitled to a hearing on whether the inmate is being denied a fair shot at a clemency hearing.
Judge Joseph Kraemer of Maricopa County Superior Court says he can't delay the execution of Samuel Villegas Lopez.
But lawyers for Lopez say they'll use Kraemer's decision to schedule a July hearing as the basis for a request asking the Arizona Supreme Court to stop the execution.
Kraemer says the inmate's attorneys have raised serious questions about whether the five-member Board of Executive Clemency is legally constituted.
Kraemer says a main issue for the hearing is whether newly appointed board members needed to complete four weeks of required training before beginning to hear clemency requests.

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