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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Clark Elmore’s death penalty appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the death penalty appeal of Clark Elmore, who was convicted in 1995 of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in …


Judge denies motion to preclude death penalty for accused killer of Coeur d’Alene police officer

A Kootenai County judge on Wednesday denied several defense motions, including another attempt to take the death penalty off the table, in the case against a North Idaho man accused …


Defense says death penalty sought for financial reasons

COEUR D’ALENE – A North Idaho public defender says prosecutors are seeking only the death penalty against a man accused of killing a police officer because of financial reasons. Kootenai …


Texas lawyer who lost all death penalty cases says he’s done

Texas lawyer Jerry Guerinot said he no longer represents people accused of capital murder after four decades of posting a perfect record.


Delaware court says state death penalty law unconstitutional

Delaware’s death penalty law is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, the state’s high court ruled Tuesday.


Supreme Court to reconsider death penalty in two Texas cases

The Supreme Court said Monday it will reconsider two Texas death penalty cases, in a sign that liberal justices may try to rein in the use of capital punishment.


California poised for November showdown over death penalty

Death penalty supporters are setting the stage for a November showdown over whether to speed up executions in California or do away with them entirely.


Florida’s high court urged to throw out death sentences

Former judges and top legal officials are calling on the Florida Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now on awaiting execution on death row.


Supreme Court turns away challenge to California’s death penalty system

The U.S. Supreme Court, over a dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer, turned down a challenge to California’s death penalty system from an Orange County murderer who said that waiting decades …


Gov. Scott signs into law overhaul of Florida death penalty

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead with an overhaul of the state’s death penalty law.


Judges ask Washington high court to ban execution

The state’s high court, which came within one vote of striking down the death penalty a decade ago, is re-examining it. Dozens of former Washington judges have taken the unusual …


Death penalty a question mark in push for criminal justice overhaul

WASHINGTON – Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about …


Editorial: Don’t vote on death penalty

Rather than turning the death penalty into a popularity contest, the justice system should face up to the reality that it cannot be applied equitably and isn’t worth preserving.


Aurora theater shooter still eligible for death penalty

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial has again declined to rule out the death penalty as it moves toward sentencing James Holmes.


Washington Supreme Court rejects Robert Yates’ petition to overturn sentence

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday again rejected an effort by serial killer Robert Yates to overturn his convictions and death sentence. Yates contended he received ineffective counsel during his …


Supreme Court dissent in execution drug case says death penalty may be unconstitutional

WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first …


Judge rejects Joseph Duncan’s death penalty appeal

Federal judges have rejected efforts to spare killer Joseph Duncan from the death penalty. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a district …


Utah OKs firing squads

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method’s use when no lethal-injection drugs are available.


Ninth Circuit Court considers Duncan’s competency in death penalty appeal

Convicted murderer Joseph Duncan made it very clear he didn’t want to appeal his triple death sentence, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of …


Spin Control: Some bills make the cut and others move closer to legislative oblivion

OLYMPIA – Friday was a cutoff day for the Legislature. That’s not to say the weather has been so good that we can shed our raincoats and don jeans that …


Editorial: State cost of pursuing death penalty too high

Whenever the death penalty is debated, the question of cost inevitably arises: “Why are we spending so much money on death row inmates?” Pursuing the death penalty costs much more …


Last 4 on Maryland death row to have sentences commuted

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will commute the capital sentences of the state’s last four inmates on death row to life in prison.


Eye on Boise: Correction officials considered firing squad

Bring back the firing squad as a means of execution in Idaho? That’s something the state Department of Correction has been exploring, as states continue to struggle to obtain drugs …


Arizona prisoner dies 2 hours after execution begins

PHOENIX – A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, in an episode sure to add to the …


Q&A: Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin

4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.


Supreme Court weighs in on execution, IQ tests

WASHINGTON – Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine …


Oklahoma prisons chief details woes of botched execution

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate’s arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man’s groin …


Judge halts Texas execution; cites drug source secrecy

HOUSTON — A federal judge on Wednesday stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer in Texas, saying justice department officials must disclose information to the inmate’s lawyers about the …


Serial killer Yates firmly on death row despite sentencing error

OLYMPIA – Serial killer Robert Yates is technically correct that the sentences he received for two murders were calculated improperly, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. But that doesn’t mean …


No death penalty in Carlile slaying case

A Spokane judge pushed back the trial for the alleged triggerman in the December shooting death of Doug Carlile, as prosecutors dropped pursuit of the death penalty and requested more …