- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge is allowing a court fight to resume over whether Arizona can resume conducting executions.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake last week granted state officials’ request to lift a stay that put the case on hold in 2014 through an agreement by the state and attorneys for death-row inmates.

The case centers on the inmates’ objections to aspects of the state’s drug injection method.

The state said recently it has the needed execution drugs and that the stay should be lifted.

Wake said pending issues include when the inmates’ lawyers will file an updated version of their lawsuit and whether the case can be resolved before the drugs’ expiration dates.

Executions were put on hold after it took Joseph Rudolph Wood over 90 minutes to die last July.

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