Execution

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The Idaho Department of Correction doesn’t have to release information about which drugs it used to execute two inmates or where it got them from – at least for now.

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An Idaho state judge ruled the state's Department of Corrections must release information regarding the drugs used in executions from 2011 and 2012.

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A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state's Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs.

A new report from Idaho's state auditors shows that sentencing a defendant to life in prison without parole is more expensive than imposing the death penalty.

But the Office of Performance Evaluations also found that the state's criminal justice agencies don't collect enough data to determine the total cost of the death penalty. Hannah Crumrine and Tony Grange presented the report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.

Execution: Family's Closure Comes 28 Years Later

Jun 12, 2012
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Death row inmate Richard Leavitt became the second prisoner in seven months to be executed. He died Tuesday morning at 10:25 by lethal injection. He received sedatives throughout the night and at one point said he was "resolved" as to what was happening. Fellow inmates did not give him a card as they did before Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed in November.

Leavitt was convicted in 1985 for the brutal murder of Blackfoot resident Danette Elg. Her mutilated body was found a year earlier with multiple stab wounds. 

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The state of Idaho today executed convicted murderer Richard Leavitt.  His death comes just seven months after the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades. 

Idaho Department of Correction director Brent Reinke says the agency was "battle tested" in carrying out this procedure. “I think the prepare time was a little bit less because November wasn’t that long ago, so I think that helped us from a preparation standpoint with staff.”

Death row inmate Richard Leavitt died this morning at 10:25 by lethal injection. He received sedatives throughout the night and at one point said he was "resolved" as to what was happening. Leavitt was convicted in 1985 for the brutal murder of Blackfoot resident Danette Elg. Her mutilated body was found a year earlier with multiple stab wounds. 

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In 1985, a jury convicted Richard A. Leavitt of the brutal first-degree murder of Danette J. Elg a year earlier.  Elg of Blackfoot, Idaho had been stabbed more than a dozen times and her body was mutilated.  The state will execute 53-year old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection unless there’s a last minute stay.  

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The execution of Idaho inmate Richard Leavitt Tuesday will differ in two ways from the last lethal injection in November.  The state will use one lethal drug instead of three, and media members who are witness to the execution will watch the entire process from start to finish.   Reporters think that second change will help the public have an informed debate on the death penalty. 

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A lawsuit on viewing Idaho prisoner executions from start to finish is headed to mediation.  Federal judge Edward Lodge today set the negotiating session for June 1st. 

News agencies sued Idaho officials to allow reporters to observe and report any complications during lethal injections.  State officials say they can’t do that.  They want to protect the identity of those who prepare inmates for execution.

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The Associated Press and other news agencies sued the state of Idaho yesterday to view executions from start to finish.  They want to be able to observe and report any complications that might come up. 

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Idaho inmate Richard Leavitt is scheduled for lethal injection on June 12th.  That will come seven months after the state used a mixture of three drugs to execute Paul Rhoades.  Idaho Department of Correction officials said today based on what they learned from that execution, they’ll now use just one drug.

Death Warrant Served To Idaho Inmate

May 17, 2012
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Another Idaho death row inmate is scheduled to be executed. The state’s Department of Correction served Richard Leavitt a death warrant Thursday afternoon. The district judge who signed the warrant ordered the lethal injection for June 12th. Leavitt was convicted of a brutal 1984 murder of a woman in Blackfoot. Idaho executed another prisoner, Paul Rhoades, late last year. LaMont Anderson, chief of capital litigation at the Idaho Attorney General’s office says the two cases have similarities.