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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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


After Florida prosecutor says she won’t seek death penalty, governor reassigns case of slain police officer

Hours after a Florida prosecutor announced Thursday that she would not seek the death penalty in any cases, the state’s governor responded by saying he was removing her from the …


China says it uses death penalty sparingly

China’s chief justice said Sunday that his country, which is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined, gave the death penalty “to an extremely small …


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 …


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.


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 …


Woodland triple homicide suspect won’t get death penalty

Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against a man accused in a Woodland triple homicide and attempted jail escape.


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.


A bill that would repeal Washington’s death penalty not expected to advance

OLYMPIA – An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state got a new push this year, with strong backing from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, …


Panel tables bill to abolish Montana’s death penalty

A legislative committee has tabled a bill that would abolish Montana’s death penalty.


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Montana examines death penalty after judge blocks executions

Montana legislators are taking another look at whether to abolish the death penalty after a judge blocked the state from carrying out executions because it has no access to a …


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.


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


Texas carries out first U.S. execution of 2017

Texas on Wednesday put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over a drug deal, the first U.S. execution of 2017.


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.


Kathleen Parker: Condemn Roof to lifetime of suffering

I’m recommending that it’s better to condemn Roof to a lifetime of suffering than to end his miserable life.


Executions in the United States just fell to a 25-year low

The decline in executions continues a recent trend, as 2016 will be the fourth consecutive year with fewer executions than the year before. It also speaks to a country that …


100 years ago in Spokane: An interracial marriage makes front-page news

From our archive, 100 years ago A marriage between a Japanese man and a white woman was apparently unusual enough to make the front page of The Spokesman-Review.


Alabama executes man who killed clerk in 1994

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state’s execution plans were twice put on temporary hold by the …


Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday’s scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her …


Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Pinball tax, Dec. 2, 1968