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Court to hear Arizona death row inmate's appeal

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PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys for an Arizona death row inmate are asking a federal appeals court to postpone their client's execution until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

The lawyers for inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood filed a brief Monday at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a bid to delay the July 23 execution.

Wood is seeking a reversal of a lower court's decision last week that rejected arguments that the prisoner's First Amendment rights were violated by the state's refusal to reveal the drug makers and other details.

Attorneys for the state argue there is no First Amendment right to that information.

Wood is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father in Tucson.

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