Stories tagged: capital punishment
Fri., Oct. 6, 2017
Shawn Vestal: ‘I thought, this is my day to die’
Since 1973, 159 Americans have been exonerated following death-penalty convictions. Two of them shared their stories at Gonzaga University Wednesday night.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 4:31 p.m.
California death penalty measure survives, but with limits
A voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California was upheld Thursday by the state Supreme Court, but justices rejected arguments that a provision setting a five-year limit on appeals …
Wed., July 26, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
Ohio carries out 1st execution following 3 years-plus delay
Ohio has put to death a child killer in the state’s first execution in more than three years following a prolonged search for lethal drugs.
Sun., June 11, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Arkansas execution autopsies don’t end debate over drugs
Arkansas’ chief medical examiner says nothing in autopsy reports suggest that four inmates put to death in April suffered while they died. But that won’t end the debate over whether …
Sat., May 27, 2017, 11:43 a.m.
Florida governor cleared to sign death warrants again, experts say
Florida can start executing condemned killers again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand the state’s changes to its death penalty law, experts say.
Sat., April 29, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Arkansas will face challenges replenishing execution supply
Arkansas will have a more difficult time obtaining additional lethal injection drugs after an unprecedented court challenge by a drug distributor and possible complications during at least one of the …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe
The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state’s execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times …
UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart
Two inmates received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation’s first double execution since 2000, just days after the state …
UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
California moves – slowly – toward resuming executions
California has long been what one expert calls a “symbolic death penalty state,” one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more …
Wed., April 19, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man convicted of killing common-law wife hanged at Fort George Wright
Edward Mayberry became the first person in decades to be hanged in Spokane. “He went to his death without flinching, even when he felt the noose tightening under his left …
UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
U.S. Supreme Court does not allow Arkansas execution
The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Two companies seek to prevent drugs’ use in Arkansas executions
Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their …
Wed., April 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: New York Symphony Orchestra plays in Spokane
A large crowd gathered at the Auditorium Theater to hear the New York Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Walter Damrosch.
Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:14 p.m.
Amnesty: China executes more people than rest of the world combined
China executes more people each year than the rest of the world combined, with its state-sanctioned system cloaked in official secrecy, said a report released Tuesday by human rights monitor …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Judge blocks execution of 1 of 8 Arkansas inmates
A judge on Thursday stopped one of eight Arkansas executions set for this month, but at least six remain on course despite the judge’s finding that the state broke some …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
Appeals court rejects Ohio’s new lethal injection process
A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process, jeopardizing the upcoming executions of several condemned killers.
Fri., March 31, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Solemn crowd of 5,000 lines streets to salute troops headed to World War I
“Spokane’s group of soldier boys left yesterday for American Lake,” said The Spokesman-Review. “… Never in the history of the city has such a splendid lot of young men answered …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
Accelerated executions: Arkansas plans 8 over 10-day period
After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period – an unprecedented timetable the state says …
Mon., March 13, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Arkansas official: State has drugs to conduct eight executions
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas has a new supply of a lethal injection drug that expired earlier this year, a prison spokesman said Monday, clearing the way for the state …
Fri., March 10, 2017, 2 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: James Glover, ‘the father of Spokane,’ describes Spokane Falls in 1873
James N. Glover, “the father of Spokane,” continued his series of memoirs in the Spokane Daily Chronicle. He described his first visit in 1873, when he found only three families …
Thu., March 9, 2017, 2 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Founder of Father’s Day among those opposed to hanging murderer on downtown post office’s roof
Protests broke out immediately after Spokane’s U.S. marshal revealed he had applied to stage the hanging of convicted murderer Edward Mayberry on the roof of the downtown post office.
Wed., March 8, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office
The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Proposals to split Washington, end capital punishment fail to survive critical deadline
Proposals to end the death penalty, split the state are among those that fell by the wayside Friday because of a legislative deadline.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 7:02 a.m.
Ohio governor delays 8 executions during appeal
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed eight executions as a court fight continues over the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection process.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane’s ‘perfect’ baby slated to illustrate chapter on babies in new encyclopedia
Billy Sass, Spokane’s “perfect” baby, was about to be honored as the perfect baby for all of America in an upcoming encyclopedia.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Federal judge rejects Ohio’s new lethal injection process
A federal judge on Thursday declared Ohio’s new lethal injection process unconstitutional and delayed three executions, including one scheduled next month. The ruling by Magistrate Judge Michael Merz in Dayton …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017
Abolish death penalty in Washington
The reasons to continue the death penalty have been based more on emotion – the urge to see a brutal killer pay the ultimate price – rather than as a …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
Legislature asked to abolish the death penalty in Washington
Bipartisan coalition seeks to end the death penalty in Washington
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Death row inmate who killed two women in Spokane Valley dies of cardiac arrest
A man who killed two women in a Spokane Valley mobile home and spent nearly 20 years on Washington’s death row has died of cardiac arrest.
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
100 years ago in Pullman: Washington State College president accuses University of Washington of encroachment
From our archive, 100 years ago A turf war between the University of Washington and Washington State College (now Washington State University) broke out into the open.