Bringing Further Transparency to AZ Execution Process
On behalf of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and seven death row inmates, a Sidley team, together with federal public defenders, won a high-profile pro bono case seeking to bring more transparency to the execution process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the First Amendment right to view an execution also “encompasses a right to hear the sounds of executions in their entirety,” and that Arizona’s restrictions on press and public access to such sounds impermissibly burdens that right. The precedent-setting opinion represents the first time that an appellate court has extended the First Amendment’s right of access to governmental proceedings to encompass sounds. To read the latest update on this case, click here.
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