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  • Media wins execution access case, state pays fees

    The state of Idaho and a group of Idaho news media have agreed that all Idaho executions should be open to media witnesses from start to finish, ending a lawsuit …

  • Convicted murderer executed in Idaho

    BOISE – Convicted killer Richard Leavitt was executed Tuesday for a 1984 murder, with witnesses for the first time watching the entire lethal injection process following a court order issued …

  • 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 …

  • Idaho ordered to open executions

    The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with the news media late Friday, ordering a preliminary injunction to require Idaho to permit full viewing of the upcoming execution of …

  • 9th Circuit orders Idaho executions opened up

    The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has sided with the news media, ordering a preliminary injunction to require Idaho to permit full viewing of the upcoming execution of Richard …

  • Idaho execution rule puzzles court

    PASADENA, Calif. – A federal appeals court raised sharp questions Thursday about why Idaho’s not complying with its 2002 decision that the First Amendment requires witnesses to be able to …

  • Judge denies injunction in execution case

    BOISE – A federal judge declined Tuesday to issue a preliminary injunction against limits on witness access to Idaho’s executions, finding that while the news media presented “a strong case …

  • Idaho has long history of execution witnesses

    Editor’s note: Reporter Betsy Z. Russell, president of the Idaho Press Club, researched the issue of media witnesses to executions both for this article and for the news media’s court …

  • News media witnesses at executions an Idaho tradition

    As Idaho’s news media spar with the state in federal court over limits on access to executions, the case has turned a spotlight onto Idaho’s long and consistent history of …

  • Leavitt loses execution-stay bids

    Richard Leavitt, who is scheduled to die June 12 for the 1984 murder and mutilation of Danette Elg in eastern Idaho, has lost three bids to stay his execution in …

  • Eye on Boise: Supreme Court to hear Leavitt before execution

    BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court has set oral arguments for Monday at 3 p.m. on a series of last-minute issues raised by condemned murderer Richard Leavitt, who is scheduled …



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