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Court allows execution to proceed

Court allows execution to proceed

Tucson, Ariz.

Court allows execution to proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country.

The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. The state plans to execute him today.

Wood, 55, argued he has a First Amendment right to details about the state's lethal injection method, the qualifications of the executioner and who makes the drugs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had put Wood's execution on hold, saying the state must reveal the information. The Supreme Court's order said little more than that the lower court had been wrong to stop the execution.

Helena, Mont.

Judge is censured over rape comments

The Montana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a Billings judge for his comments that a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist when he sentenced the man to 31 days in jail.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh appeared Tuesday for censure — a rare public declaration by the state's Supreme Court that he is guilty of misconduct. The court also suspended Baugh for 31 days, effective in December.

Baugh sent Stacey Dean Rambold to prison for just 31 days last year after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Rambold was a 47-year-old teacher at Billings Senior High School at the time of the 2007 rape.

The Supreme Court in April ordered a new sentencing by a different judge. Rambold will be resentenced Sept. 26.

Seattle

Obama goes west for campaign fundraising

President Barack Obama on Tuesday embarked on another mission to raise money for his fellow Democrats.

Obama landed in Seattle at the start of a three-day West Coast trip, where he'll also visit San Francisco and Los Angeles and attend five fundraising events.

Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills four security guards

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four foreign security guards on Tuesday, steering an explosives-laden motorcycle into an Afghan police compound and passing through multiple checkpoints before reaching an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp International, a U.S. military contractor.

Three of the victims were from Nepal and one was from Peru, and all four were guarding the entrance to buildings used by DynCorp within a fortified compound run by the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan when the attacker set off his explosives, a spokesman for the counternarcotics force said.

Elsewhere

Britain: The British government set up a judicial inquiry Tuesday on the death eight years ago of former KGB officer and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who authorities believe was slipped a lethal dose of radioactive polonium in his tea at a London hotel, possibly at the behest of the Kremlin.

Indonesia: Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday.

Times wires

Court allows execution to proceed 07/23/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:48am]

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