PHOENIX (AP) - State prosecutors say there's no evidence that the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency is biased and a death-row inmate will get a fair and impartial hearing.
Lawyers for Edward Schad filed a lawsuit in federal court last week seeking to postpone his scheduled Oct. 9 execution.
They've also asked four clemency board members to recuse themselves from Wednesday's scheduled clemency hearing in Florence.
In a response to the court Monday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the allegations against the board are unsubstantiated.
The 71-year-old Schad was convicted in the 1978 killing of a Bisbee man.
His scheduled execution last March was postponed when the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state's request to lift a lower court's order blocking the execution. The high court reinstated Schad's death sentence in June.
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