Editorial: Improve execution process with greater transparency

Joseph Wood has the right to know about the lethal-injection drugs that will be used if he is executed on Wednesday. He should also know about the training of the execution team and how the execution protocol was developed.

Withholding that information is not simply violating Wood's right to know. It is violating the rights of all of us.

Arizona's plan to execute Wood is in flux because a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Saturday the public has a right to know how the death penalty will be carried out. The state plans to ask the full court to consider the opinion. A preliminary injunction on Wood's execution could be lifted by Wednesday if the state releases the information. Continue>>>