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https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=1&article_id=400556Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. were back in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D. last week for a motions hearing. This past Tuesday's motion hearing, part of Rodriguez's appeal of his federal death sentence imposed in February 2007 by U.S. Judge Ralph Erickson, focused on prosecutors' seeking notes from medical doctors hired by Rodriguez's defense to examine him in 2011 and 2012, as well as notes from a defense expert who in the past year or so interviewed family and friends who knew Rodriguez before he was 18 and first went to jail for attacking women.Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer told Erickson it appeared defense attorneys were refusing to turn over information simply to delay the process. "And frankly, it's been prolonged quite a while already," said Reisenauer, who helped prosecute the 2006 murder trial.The prosecutor said Rodriguez's attorneys should turn over doctors' notes "instead of playing this hopscotch-around game."https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=1&article_id=401032North Dakota's "Second Lady," Kathleen Wrigley, wife of the state's Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, has a personal experience with the death penalty. By Robin Huebner, Forum Communications CompanyPublished May 25 2013Kathleen Wrigley has lived through two death penalty cases in her familyFARGO - Many know her husband as the prosecutor of North Dakota's only federal death-penalty case, one of the most horrific crimes in this region's history.What many don't know is that while then-U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley was prosecuting Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. for Dru Sjodin's abduction and murder, Kathleen Wrigley was embroiled in her own very personal death penalty ordeal.Edward Bracey, the man who 22 years ago killed Kathleen's only sibling - rookie Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle - still sits on death row in a maximum-security Pennsylvania prison.While most of us have no firsthand involvement in a death penalty case, Kathleen has lived it both as a victim's family member and as the wife of a death penalty prosecutor.Kathleen and Drew Wrigley lived in Fargo while he was a U.S. attorney and moved to Bismarck after he became the state's lieutenant governor.They met in the mid-1990s in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he worked as an assistant attorney and she as a victim's advocate after the trial for her brother's killer ended."I was very impressed with her strength in the face of that," said Drew Wrigley, who was not involved in prosecuting Bracey.Drew describes both himself and Kathleen as "law and order" people.Both say the two death penalty cases in their lives are distinctly different and separate."We don't talk about them intersecting," said Drew.However, to outside observers, the parallels are striking.Both killers want their death sentences overturned based on mental deficiencies.Both Bracey and Rodriguez murdered their victims not long after being let out of prison.