Idaho Supreme Court affirms lDOC’s execution procedure

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the lower court regarding the Department of Correction’s standard operating procedures around execution.    The case was brought by attorneys for Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who narrowly avoided execution in June.  The appeal concerned whether an execution protocol adopted by the Idaho Department ofContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court affirms lDOC’s execution procedure”

Execution chemical secrecy bill brought back for vote, moves to Senate 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee brought back a bill on executions by lethal injection Monday, moving it forward in a 5-4 vote, after it stayed in committee last week due to a tie. Last week, HB 658 stayed in committee due to a 4-4 vote. Sen. Patti Anne Lodge,Continue reading “Execution chemical secrecy bill brought back for vote, moves to Senate “

Execution drug supplier secrecy bill held in committee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee on Wednesday held a bill that would have allowed the state to keep confidential the names of suppliers who provide the state with lethal injection chemicals.  The bill held in a 4-4 vote due to a tie. Sens. Grant Burgoyne, Christy Zito, Melissa WintrowContinue reading “Execution drug supplier secrecy bill held in committee”

Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a short debate, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill in a 38-30 vote that would grant confidentiality to suppliers of chemicals used in executions.  Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, sponsored HB 658, in an effort to make lethal injection chemicals more accessible to the Idaho Department of Correction.Continue reading “Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House”

Lethal injection confidentiality bill moves forward

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After an hour-long, somber discussion, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee moved forward a bill to provide confidentiality to any provider or company that supplies the state with lethal injection execution chemicals. The bill HB 658, pitched by Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, is connected to providing confidentiality around theContinue reading “Lethal injection confidentiality bill moves forward”

House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Monday to prohibit public disclosure of where the state obtains lethal injection chemicals. Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, introduced the bill, saying “Around the country there has been an ongoing effort to repeal the death penalty,” and such an effort would fall voidContinue reading “House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs”

Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Friday afternoon, 2nd Judicial District Judge Jay Gaskill issued a written opinion out of Idaho County, saying the governor’s recent denial of commutation for a man on death row could be in violation of the constitution. Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row for more than 35Continue reading “Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial “

Arguments over commutation legality go before Idaho judge

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho District Judge Jay Gaskill heard arguments from Gerald Pizzuto Jr.’s attorney on Thursday, asking the judge to stop the state from executing his client. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row for more than 35 years and last month the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole recommended his sentenceContinue reading “Arguments over commutation legality go before Idaho judge”

Governor denies Commission-recommended mercy for man on death row

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole voted 4-3 to recommend commutation and grant a plea for mercy from Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who’s been on death row for more than 35 years.  However, Gov. Brad Little denied the commission’s recommendation, calling Pizzuto’s 1985 crimes brutal and senseless. The commission heldContinue reading “Governor denies Commission-recommended mercy for man on death row”

Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing

by Ruth Brown and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole met Tuesday to consider commuting his sentence from death to life in prison afterContinue reading “Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing”