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Edit: Ban Idaho’s Death Penalty

For more than 30 years, Jaimi Charboneau sat in an Idaho prison -- some of it on death row. Now he's out after a judge concluded the evidence used to convict him was corrupted. In 1989 -- four years after a Jerome County jury convicted Charboneau of murdering his ex-wife Marilyn Arbaugh - the victim's daughter Tira Arbaugh, who is now deceased, wrote a letter accusing prosecutors of telling her to lie and conceal evidence. She admitted not telling the truth at Charboneau's trial. It took another 21 years before Tira Arbaugh's letter emerged. Charboneau's lawyer Brian Tanner argues it was concealed by state prison officials. And while Arbaugh's family calls the letter a fraud, it was sufficiently authentic for Fifth District Judge Robert J. Elgee to throw out Charboneau's conviction and release him on a $20,000 bond. "The state's hands ... at least as far as the Idaho Department of Correction is concerned are very dirty/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should Idaho join Nebraska in becoming the second red state to ban the death penalty?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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