- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - News organizations have joined a legal fight to obtain more information about the nearly two-hour execution of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.

The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona joined a lawsuit against the state on Thursday, seeking information about lethal injection methods used to kill Arizona death row in mates.

The original lawsuit was filed by defense attorneys for Wood and other inmates facing death. The attorneys say inmates have a First Amendment right to know which drugs will be used in executions, where they come from and who will administer them.

It took Wood nearly two hours and 15 dosages of lethal injection drugs before he died on July 23. His attorneys say the execution was botched, a claim the state Department of Corrections denies.

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