On Thursday, Maricopa County’s top prosecutor announced they will drop a lawsuit against state officials after getting reassurance that Arizona is ready to resume executions.
Earlier this year, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced the state would pause executions until her administration could conduct a review of Arizona’s death penalty procedures.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) brought a lawsuit asking that the Arizona’s Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry (ADCRR) be prepared to carry out an execution in accordance with the law.
As part of that lawsuit, ADCRR has now affirmed to the victims, MCAO, and the court that it is operationally prepared to carry out executions in compliance with the law.
Having received these assurances, MCAO and the victims have agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said, “It is agonizing for families to remain mired in grief and anger as they await justice. I believe the law is clear – once a defendant is sentenced to death, the state is obligated to act. I am committed to these families and will continue to take appropriate steps to make sure that they do receive justice and that the law is enforced.”