Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell calls for expediency in Arizona's death penalty review

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 12:15pm
Updated: Friday, February 10, 2023 - 7:03am

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Last month, new Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes put a pause on executions in Arizona — putting the use of the death penalty on hold until a review of the process is completed.

The move came after our new Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order to establish a Death Penalty Independent Review Commissioner who will take on the job. 

One of the officials in the state who is charged with carrying out death penalty cases is Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, a Republican who said after the announcement that she respects the governor and attorney general’s efforts here, but she took an oath to uphold the law. 

The Show spoke with Mitchell about her views and what’s next on this front.

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Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell discusses her views on a study ordered by Gov. Katie Hobbs of how the death penalty is implemented and a parallel stay on seeking executions by Attorney General Kris Mayes in a press conference on Jan. 24, 2023.

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