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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 …


Spin Control: Death penalty ‘pause’ sets lawmakers in motion

OLYMPIA – Whether Washington should execute some people for crimes like aggravated first-degree murder is a good debate to have. Whether the governor or the Legislature has the constitutional authority …


Shawn Vestal: Killers’ fates shows injustice of death penalty

It is not hard to understand why someone might want Robert Lee Yates Jr. to die. I want him to live, miserably, as long as possible. I want him to …


Inslee announces moratorium on Washington death-row executions

OLYMPIA – Washington will not execute anyone on death row while Jay Inslee is governor. Inslee announced a moratorium Tuesday on capital punishment, saying he will issue a reprieve if …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

Gov. Inslee calls for moratorium on the death penalty

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced a moratorium today on capital punishment, saying he will issue a reprieve if any execution warrant comes to his desk.


Serial killer Joseph Duncan is mentally competent, federal judge rules

BOISE – A federal judge has cleared the way for serial killer Joseph Duncan’s execution for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, ruling that …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Judge’s ruling clears way for Joseph Duncan’s execution

A federal judge has cleared the way for Joseph Duncan’s execution for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, ruling that Duncan was mentally competent …