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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.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

Detectives in Renfro murder trial describe finding gun stolen from slain officer

Just under three hours after someone shot Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore in the face and stole his gun in 2015, investigators found his stolen patrol car near Stateline, …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Charleston church shooter on federal death row in Indiana

Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is now on federal death row in Indiana.

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 …