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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Trib: Whistling A Different Tune

Richard Albert Leavitt was executed by lethal injection Tuesday, 28 years after the murder of Danette Elg of Blackfoot. As reported by the four journalists who witnessed the procedure - from the time Leavitt was escorted into the execution chamber until his death was pronounced...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

What Execution Witnesses Saw 

The six correctional officers, wearing surgical masks and stationed three to a side like pallbearers, lifted the inmate off the gurney and strapped him to the execution table inside the Idaho state prison on Tuesday. They attached intravenous lines to Richard Leavitt's arms and electrodes...

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Execution Carried Out As 'Prescribed' 

Convicted murderer Richard Leavitt was declared dead at 10:25 this morning, executed by lethal injection. State Corrections Director Brent Reinke siad, “The procedures were carried out as prescribed. … The Department of Corrections has fulfilled the obligation that the law requires and that justice demands.”...

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Idaho Executes Richard Leavitt 

About a dozen protesters had gathered outside Idaho's prison gates by 9 a.m., to protest the execution this morning of Richard Leavitt. “As citizens of this state, we are appalled that this killing is being done in our name,” Mia Crosthwaite of Idahoans Against the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Judge Rules Against Condemned Man

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has dismissed the portion of a lawsuit challenging Idaho's lethal-injection execution procedure that involves Richard Leavitt, who is scheduled to be executed on June 12. Lodge wrote in his 55-page decision and order today that he would allow more time...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Rhoades' Execution Price Tag: $53K 

The Nov. 18 execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades cost the Idaho Department of Correction $53,411, the department said. Of the total, $25,583 went to employee overtime and $27,828 went to operating costs. IDOC Director Brent Reinke says when his department began preparing for the execution,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Oregon Guv Won't Allow Execution 

Gov. John Kitzhaber (pictured) announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen -- or any death row inmate -- to take place while he is in office. The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said. "In my mind it...

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Henry: Not Missing Paul Ezra Rhoades 15 

For weeks, photos of Idaho's new execution chamber, along with sordid details of how lethal injection is carried out, have circulated on the Web. I've learned quite a bit about how last-minute appeals are filed, how the first of three injections renders the condemned unconscious...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

An Eyewitness To An Execution 

Nate Green, a reporter for the Idaho Press Tribune of Nampa, was one of four media witnesses Friday morning to the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades in the Idaho Penitentiary in Boise. He gives a detailed account of his Friday morning beginning at 3:30 a.m....

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PM: Paradis, Rhoades 'Best Friends' 

In this 2001 AP file photo, an emotional Donald Manuel Paradis is led by his lawyer Bill Mauk, left, out of the Kootenai County courthouse where a judge accepted a guilty plea to a lesser charge and set Paradis free. Paradis, once condemned to die...

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Hucks Poll: Full Access To Executions

Thursday Poll: On a narrow vow, Hucks Nation supported giving the Idaho media full access to the execution process. 53 of 104 respondents (50.96%) said the media should have full access to executions, not just the final steps when the condemned is in the execution...

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Editor: Executions Not Easy To Cover 19 

Executions are not easy task for the media. But it's our responsibility and we take it seriously. Our own reporter, Idaho Press-Tribune's Nate Green, was one of the witnesses. We'll have stories online a bit later. We also had photographer Charlie Litchfield and reporter John...

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Idaho Executes Paul Ezra Rhoades 13 

Idaho prison officials executed Paul Ezra Rhoades on Friday for his role in the 1987 murders of two women, marking the state's first execution in 17 years. Rhoades, 54, was declared dead at 9:15 a.m. at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution after being administered three...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Victims' Families: Rhoades Should Die 

Nolan Haddon's parents and brothers, left to right, Junior, Julie, Wes, and Clay, pose together in Blackfoot. In 1987 Nolan Haddon was killed by Paul Ezra Rhoades, who is scheduled to be executed on Friday morning. For 24 years, Julie Haddon has watched as her...

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Edit: Media Should See Total Execution 11 

On Friday morning, the state of Idaho is scheduled to take a life in the name of its people — but largely beyond the view of its people. By restricting the news media’s access to a crucial step in the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades,...

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Hucks Poll: Don't Televise Executions

Wednesday Poll: Three-quarters of Hucks Nation say executions in this country shouldn't be televised. 115 of 151 respondents (76.16%) don't want to see executions televised. 35 of 151 respondents (23.18%) said they should be televised. One respondent was undecided. Today's Poll: Should the media have...

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Media Wants To View Entire Execution 

The Idaho Department of Correction says it will not allow media witnesses to view the entire execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, and two separate groups are protesting the policy. Rhoades is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday, making him the first person to be...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Richert: Execution Ruling Right 

On Monday, it wasn’t U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush’s job to rule on the merits of a death penalty law. That question falls to Idaho’s Legislature and its governor. Nor was it Bush’s job to determine whether capital punishment is constitutional. Paul Ezra Rhoades, the...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Looking Back At Rhoades' Victims 24 

Before you get too weepy re: 3X killer Paul Ezra Rhoades and his date with the needle Friday, you might want to think about his victims: Susan Michelbacher was the last of Rhoades' victims in March of 1987. The 34 year old was discovered roughly...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

Rhoades' Execution Is On 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush has issued his 43-page decision in Paul Ezra Rhoades' last-minute bid for a stay of his execution - scheduled for Friday - while he challenges Idaho's lethal injection protocol, and the judge has denied a stay. That means Idaho's first...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011

Political Game: Why Kill Rhoades? 

Paul Ezra Rhoades was convicted in Idaho of three murders, though all told he is believed to have murdered at least six people. One of the three murders he was convicted of in Idaho was the sister of a family friend. I know what her...

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Idaho Readies Execution Chamber 

The small cell holding Paul Ezra Rhoades sits across a hallway from the room in which he is scheduled to die in less than a month. His isolation cell is quiet as a worker brings in a tray of medicine. The death chamber is silent,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Texas Cuts Execution Last Meals 

Texas inmates who are set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last meals, a change prison officials made Thursday after a prominent state senator became miffed over an expansive request from a man condemned for a notorious dragging death. Lawrence Russell...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

PM: Gonzaga Prof Protests Execution 

Nancy Nelson, right, and (Gonzaga University professor) Mary Pat Treuthart, left, both of Spokane, Wash., protest in a fenced protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary Thursday in Walla Walla, Wash. Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to be executed after midnight for the 1991 murder...

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AM: Washington Executes Cal Brown 

Mimi Pysno, a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., stands in a light rain as she takes part in a candle light vigil outside the Washington State Penitentiary Thursday in Walla Walla. Cal Coburn Brown was executed after midnight today for the 1991...

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