The Latest: Arizona's vow over execution drug questioned

PHOENIX (AP) " The Latest on hearing Wednesday in a lawsuit that that protests how Arizona carries out the death penalty:

4:08 p.m.

A judge presiding over a lawsuit that protests how Arizona carries out the death penalty extracted promises in court from the state Wednesday that it won't use the sedative midazolam in future executions.

Lawyers for the state are seeking to dismiss the lawsuit's claim that midazolam can't ensure that condemned inmates won't feel the pain caused by another drug in a three-drug execution protocol.

The state said it won't use the sedative in the future even if it finds a new supply.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake said the state's decision to voluntarily end its midazolam use in executions could be changed in the future by a state prisons director or a governor.

Executions in Arizona will remain on hold until the lawsuit is resolved.

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12:48 a.m.

A judge presiding over a lawsuit that protests the way Arizona carries out executions is scheduled to hear arguments over a sedative that was recently abandoned as one of the state's lethal injection drugs.

The state is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit's claim that midazolam can't ensure that condemned inmates won't feel the pain that's caused by another drug in a three-drug execution protocol.

The state announced nearly four months ago that it was eliminating its use of midazolam after its supply expired and another supplier couldn't be found.

The hearing on Wednesday was scheduled after the case's judge learned that Ohio now has a supply of midazolam.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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