Arizona pauses executions amid review of death penalty process
Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs speaks to attendees at a rally to celebrate Hobbs' victory on Nov. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. - Jon Cherry/Getty Images North America/TNS

Arizona has paused all executions in the state while a review of its death penalty process is conducted, the state’s attorney general said. Kris Mayes, the state’s new Democratic attorney general, also said that her office had filed a motion to withdraw the warrant of execution for a convicted killer who had asked to be executed but later withdrew the request. The review of the state’s current practices and protocols on executions was ordered by Gov. Katie Hobbs. On Friday, Hobbs signed an executive order establishing an independent commissioner to improve “oversight and transparency with Ariz...