Stories tagged: death penalty
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016
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.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Pinball tax, Dec. 2, 1968
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 12:12 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, 2:35 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, 11:18 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 9:13 p.m.
Texas lawyer Jerry Guerinot said he no longer represents people accused of capital murder after four decades of posting a perfect record.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 1:11 p.m.
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.
Mon., June 6, 2016, 11:28 a.m.
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.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 3, 2016, 8:19 a.m.
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.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
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 …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead with an overhaul of the state’s death penalty law.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 7:57 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 26, 2015, 9:07 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Nov. 14, 2015
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.
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015, 11:55 a.m.
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.
Fri., July 10, 2015
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 …
Tue., June 30, 2015
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 …
Sat., March 28, 2015
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 …
Mon., March 23, 2015, 4:18 p.m.
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.
Wed., March 18, 2015
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 …
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015
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 …
Sun., Feb. 1, 2015
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 …
Wed., Dec. 31, 2014, 7:38 a.m.
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.
Sun., Dec. 28, 2014
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 …
Thu., July 24, 2014
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 …
Thu., July 17, 2014
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.