State drops plan to shift death penalty cases - WNEM TV 5

State drops plan to shift death penalty cases

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The Arizona Attorney General's Office is pulling the plug on a plan to shift some of its work in death penalty cases to another prosecuting agency.

The Attorney General's Office says it no longer plans to have the Maricopa County Attorney's Office take over responsibility for some death penalty cases that are in a type of appeals process heard in trial courts.

The state office earlier this year proposed shifting Maricopa County cases in those proceedings to the county office because of a large number of cases from Maricopa County and other circumstances.

However, the state office now says it plans to keep the work because it alone has expertise in relevant federal law and because keeping the cases will prevent further delays.

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