PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ruled Arizona can keep private the identity of the companies that supply the state with execution drugs.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow on Thursday also rejected a bid to order the state to divulge the qualifications of people who carry out the death penalty in Arizona.
The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and other news organizations that argued the public has a First Amendment right to information about executions.
The lawsuit was filed after the 2014 execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood. He was given 15 doses of a two-drug combination over nearly two hours in what his attorney called a botched execution.
Snow ruled late last year that Arizona must let witnesses view the entirety of an execution, including each time drugs are administered.
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