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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 …


Ariel Castro sentenced to life in prison without parole

CLEVELAND — The man convicted of holding three women captive in a house he turned into a prison and raping them repeatedly for a decade was sentenced Thursday to life …


Ariel Castro agrees to plea in Ohio kidnap case

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to plead guilty Friday in a deal to avoid the death …


Joseph Duncan competency hearing nears end

BOISE – Child-killer Joseph Duncan is sitting on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., but his fate still rests in an Idaho courtroom. Eight years after Duncan kidnapped, tortured …


Serial killer Yates appealing death sentence

SEATTLE — Serial killer Robert Yates, whose death sentence has been upheld by the state Supreme Court, is seeking an appeal through the federal court system.


Spokane rapist sentenced to death for killing prison guard

A Washington state judge has sentenced an inmate to death for killing a state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago.


Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve Smith, 46, …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2013, 3:10 p.m.

Prominent death penalty attorney Judy Clarke joining Boston bombing suspect’s defense team

BOSTON — Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Clarke formerly worked in Spokane from 1992 to 2002 as …


Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Prosecutors today said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year’s movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new …


High court says Yates case won’t get review

OLYMPIA – Serial killer Robert Yates, of Spokane, is not entitled to a new hearing or a review of his case that could overturn his execution, the state Supreme Court …


Faith Action Network to host annual legislative conference

The theme for this year’s Eastern Washington Legislative Conference is money: grace and justice. The daylong convention on Saturday features sessions on wage theft, criminal justice reform, the death penalty, …


Judge: Courtroom stays open for Duncan hearing

BOISE — A federal judge has rejected a request that the courtroom be closed for part of a convicted murderer’s mental competency hearing.


Duncan’s defense attorneys request closed court

BOISE — The former attorneys for convicted murderer Joseph Duncan are asking a judge to let them testify in secret about whether Duncan was mentally competent during his death penalty …


Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down execution law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s execution law today, calling it unconstitutional.


Idaho executes inmate for 1984 killing

Idaho executed Richard Leavitt for a 1984 murder on Tuesday, with witnesses, for the first time, watching the entire lethal injection process, pursuant to a court order issued in response …


Idaho murderer scheduled to be executed on Tuesday

BOISE – More than a quarter century after Danette Elg’s mutilated body was found on a punctured waterbed in her bedroom, her family still declines to talk publicly about her …


Duncan’s competency hearing set

BOISE – A court hearing on whether condemned murderer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence has been set for Jan. 8, …


Duncan competency hearing set for January

A court hearing on whether condemned murderer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence has been set for Jan. 8, 2013.


Duncan alters course on sentence appeal

BOISE – Notorious murderer Joseph Duncan has changed his mind about waiving his right to appeal, saying he owes it to his mother to try getting off death row for …


Idaho judge sets Leavitt execution for June 12

BOISE — A 7th District Judge has signed a death warrant for condemned inmate Richard Albert Leavitt, ordering that he be executed by lethal injection.


Death row inmate challenges reprieve

SALEM, Ore. — A condemned inmate spared from the death penalty is back in court today as he challenges a reprieve granted by Gov. John Kitzhaber. A judge is not …


Duncan’s competence at sentencing to be reconsidered

Condemned serial killer Joseph E. Duncan is getting another day in court. Duncan, on death row for the torture and slaying of a North Idaho boy he abducted in 2005 …


Death penalty overturned for man who killed 3

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence of a Tucson man who bludgeoned his girlfriend and her two children to death in 1984, ruling that …


Triple murderer executed in Idaho

BOISE – Triple murderer Paul Rhoades was executed Friday morning despite repeated last-minute appeals, in Idaho’s first execution since 1994 and only its second since 1957. “The execution of Paul …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 18, 2011, 8:27 a.m.

Triple killer Rhoades executed in Idaho

Triple murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed this morning despite repeated last-minute appeals, in Idaho’s first execution since 1994 and only its second since 1957.