Stories tagged: death penalty
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:49 p.m.
Jury selected in Coeur d’Alene to hear potential death penalty case of Jonathan Renfro
A jury has been selected to hear the potential death penalty case against Jonathan D. Renfro for the 2015 shooting death of a Coeur d’Alene police officer.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 1:14 p.m.
Canyon County considering death penalty agreement
Officials with the Canyon County Public Defender’s office say they are considering a possible agreement with a nearby county to handle their legal defenses in death penalty cases.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Reprieve spotlights death penalty’s flaws
It is human nature that human beings are loath to admit their mistakes. It is also human nature that human beings will make mistakes, regardless.
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 …
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson says its drug shouldn’t be used to kill prisoners
A division of Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, says that a medicine its scientists originally invented more than half a century ago should …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Virginia executes inmate for killing two men during escape
A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed Thursday after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s …
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., June 10, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Shiite Muslim sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy
A minority Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death in Pakistan for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said.
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.
Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:24 a.m.
Alabama executes ‘Houdini’ of death row for 1982 murder-for-hire
An Alabama prisoner nicknamed the “Houdini” of death row for dodging execution seven times has been put to death for fatally shooting his lover’s husband in a 1982 murder-for-hire scheme.
Mon., May 1, 2017, 8:42 a.m.
Ohio Gov. Kasich delays 9 executions as court fight continues
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed nine executions as a court fight continues over the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection process.
UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
U.S. executions: New troubles could resonate in upcoming case
Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment? It’s the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that …
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: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Arkansas executes killer for fourth lethal injection in eight days
Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days.
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 …
Sat., April 22, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
Charleston church shooter on federal death row in Indiana
Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is now on federal death row in Indiana.
Fri., April 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas events show risk of ambitious execution schedule
Arkansas’ push to put eight men to death in less than two weeks has so far resulted in just one lethal injection, and legal experts say that shows the risks …
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005
Arkansas overcame a flurry of court challenges Thursday that derailed three other executions, putting to death an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of …
UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
Arkansas faces two setbacks to plan for multiple executions
Arkansas suffered two more legal setbacks Wednesday in its bid to carry out multiple executions this month when the state Supreme Court spared one prisoner and a judge later ruled …
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 …
Mon., April 17, 2017
Arkansas governor says execution plan just part of the job
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson comes across as a reluctant figure just carrying out the duties of his office when he discusses his extraordinary plan to execute eight inmates in 11 …
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review
Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take up their claim that the …
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 6:44 p.m.
Turkey votes to expand president’s powers; critics cry fraud
Voters in Turkey’s landmark referendum Sunday appeared to approve constitutional changes that will greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to near-complete results carried by Turkey’s official …
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, 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 …