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Egypt court sends 75 to death, 47 to life over 2013 sit-in

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest by Islamists that was …


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 12:17 p.m.

Ada prosecutor not ready to say if she’ll pursue death penalty in mass-stabbing case

Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts is not yet ready to say if her attorneys will pursue the death penalty in the case of a 30-year-old Los Angeles man accused of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

Judge: Prison officials must release execution drug records

A judge says Idaho prison officials must release records about the lethal injection drugs they used in the state’s two most recent executions.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Alaska man agrees to guilty plea in Florida airport shooting

An Alaska man will not face the death penalty on charges of killing five people and wounding six in a shooting rampage at a Florida airport, authorities announced Tuesday.


India approves death penalty for rape of young children

India’s government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Idaho GOP candidate supports threat of death penalty to stop abortions

A Republican lieutenant governor candidate on Tuesday softened his stance that women who get an abortion should be punished if it is ever criminalized in Idaho, a day after saying …


Prosecutors seek death penalty in transgender teen’s killing

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for one of the suspects in the slaying of a transgender teenager whose eyes were gouged out and her body set on fire …


Defense attorney appointed to Idaho death penalty case

An attorney qualified to handle death penalty cases has been appointed to represent the Washington state man accused of stabbing to death a cab driver in northern Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers

President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official …


At rally, Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers

President Donald Trump on Saturday again called for enacting the death penalty for drug dealers during a rally meant to bolster a struggling GOP candidate for a U.S. House seat …


Prosecutors seeking death penalty in cab driver’s murder

A northern Idaho prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in a case involving a Washington state man suspected of repeatedly stabbing a cab driver and letting him slowly bleed to …


UI law prof sues Idaho for execution records

A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state’s Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington

Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.


Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender’s tough childhood on his behavior.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

Dallas man to die for killing daughters while mom listened

A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to spare his …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to stop Texas execution

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night rejected two appeals from a Texas death row inmate, clearing the way for his execution for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:40 a.m.

Ban on executions passes Washington Senate panel

Senate committee approves elimination of death penalty for most murders.


Foes take another run at ending Washington’s death penalty

Democratic control of the Senate means 2018 could be the year that Washington abolishes the death penalty, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

Lawyers say inmate awaiting execution no longer remembers crime

Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let the state proceed with executing a 67-year-old inmate who lawyers say has suffered strokes and dementia and cannot remember killing …


County prosecutor calls for repeal of state’s death penalty

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is urging lawmakers to repeal the state’s death penalty.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Idaho county may withdraw from state death penalty fund

A central Idaho county is considering withdrawing from the state’s Capital Crimes Defense Fund, a move commissioners say is intended to stop local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Central Idaho county withdraws from death penalty trial fund

A central Idaho county is withdrawing from the state’s Capital Crimes Defense Fund, a move commissioners say is intended to stop local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.


U.S. Supreme Court won’t stop Ohio execution of sick inmate

Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he’s put to death this week.


Child-killer Joseph Duncan still fighting death sentence

Although child-killer Joseph Duncan waived his right to appeal his triple death sentence for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, Duncan, through a team …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 8:03 p.m.

Trump’s tweets seen as unlikely to slow New York terror case

The suspect in the deadly New York City truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group’s online videos and plotted his attack for two months, renting a truck ahead …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

Attorneys in death penalty case say Renfro suffers ‘neuro deficit’ that played part in killing Coeur d’Alene police officer

Defense attorneys are calling on experts to convince a jury that the man convicted of killing a Coeur d’Alene police officer should not receive the death penalty.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

ACLU wants Idaho to restrict death penalty

A University of Idaho law professor and a group of advocates want to see Idaho pass rules that would prevent the mentally ill and juveniles from being subjected to the …


Pope: Catholic guide needs updating on death penalty issue

Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death …


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.