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Idaho Sets 1st Execution Since 1994

On the day a judge gave the order for serial killer Paul Ezra Rhoades (pictured) to die, the men who brought him to justice found little satisfaction in his looming execution. Instead, the investigators and prosecutors who worked Rhoades’ cases emphasized their limited roles nearly a quarter-century ago in tracking, catching and convicting him. “The case has come to its full destiny now,” Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said. “That’s the order of the court, not the order of the law-enforcement guys.” Bonneville County Judge Jon Shindurling issued death warrants Wednesday for Rhoades, 54, for murdering Stacy Baldwin and Susan Michelbacher in 1987. Rhoades also received two life sentences for the second-degree murder of Idaho Falls convenience store clerk Nolan Haddon around the same time/Sven Berg, Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.

Question: Does it make sense to execute a murderer who has been in prison for 24 years? And/or: Does it make sense to take 24 years to execute triple-murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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