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Nevada Argues Broad US Effect Of Drugmaker Execution Delay

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State officials and death penalty experts say a court-ordered delay of Nevada's first execution in 12 years could have a ripple effect in some of the other 30 U.S. states with capital punishment.

In an appeal filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt's office asks the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge's order that delayed the July 11 execution of Scott Raymond Dozier.

He was convicted in killings in Phoenix and Las Vegas in 2002.

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A state attorney contends pharmaceutical company Alvogen's argument that it has a right to stop the use of its sedative is "PR bait."

Alvogen spokesman Halldor Kristmannsson declined Thursday to comment.

Nevada argues that if the drugmaker succeeds, companies making syringes, intravenous equipment and even latex gloves might try to block executions elsewhere.