Law and Justice

Idaho Inmate Execution
5:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Leavitt Faces Execution Tuesday Morning

Idaho will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection.
Idaho Dept. of Corrections

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. .

Male death row prisoners are housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, or Idaho Max. Guards moved Leavitt to a lone cell last month after the state Department of Correction served him with a death warrant.

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Wash. Crime Sweep
4:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Eastern Wash. Crime Sweep Rounds Up More Than 200 Felons

Deputy U.S. Marshal Beatrice Bravo says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.
U.S. Marshals

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve swept up more than 200 violent felons in Eastern Washington. So-called 'Operation Scattergun II' focused on wanted offenders in the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima regions last week. Beatrice Bravo is a Deputy U.S. Marshal based in Spokane. She says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.

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Backpage Sues Wash.
6:07 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Backpage.com Sues Washington State

The online classifieds website Backpage.com filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington Monday. It’s over a bill passed by the legislature this year, which aims to reduce sex trafficking.

Village Voice Media owns the national online classifieds site Backpage.com. The company also owns the Seattle Weekly, and they run their online classifieds through Backpage. Seattle police say they have caught pimps selling underage girls…at Backpage.com.

Now, the company is suing Washington state.

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Seattle Café Shooting
4:56 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Hero Saved Lives In Seattle Shooting

Seattle city leaders are praising a hero who prevented more victims in Wednesday’s shooting.

Asst. Police Chief Jim Pugel described what he saw from a video that captured the shooting at Café Racer. He says the hero was sitting next to the suspect when he started firing at people.

Pugel: "The hero picked up a stool and threw it at the suspect, hit him. Picked up another stool, and hit him, this time, suspect is pointing at him.  During that time two or possibly three people made their escape and the suspect was between them and the door."

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Oregon Mosque Firebomber
5:27 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Decision On Cody Crawford's Release Postponed

A federal judge in Eugene heard arguments Tuesday for the release of a man charged in the fire bombing of a Corvallis mosque in 2010. Cody Crawford is currently in jail awaiting trial.

Government lawyers argued victims of the mosque bombing were not given enough notice of Cody Crawford's motion for release. Despite this, Judge Thomas Coffin allowed the defense to make their arguments.

Crawford's attorney presented a psychologist's opinion that his client has Aspergers syndrome, and would not be dangerous if released.

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Reporters Sue Idaho For Execution Coverage
4:22 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

News Organizations Sue To Watch Entire Idaho Execution

The Associated Press and other news agencies sued the state of Idaho Tuesday to view prisoner executions from start to finish.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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

AP reporter Rebecca Boone is among those fighting to see the entire execution.

Rebecca Boone: "This is the most powerful action that the courts and government can take, it’s killing a person. So if we don’t know what happens for half of that process, then it’s impossible to have an educated and vital debate about it."

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Northwest News
4:42 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Memorial Service Is May 23rd For Slain UI Football Player

Ken McRoyal
Photo courtesy of University of Idaho

The memorial service for University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal is next Wednesday in Carson, California. McRoyal was shot to death last weekend in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more.

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Oregon Public Safety
5:57 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Kitzhaber Moves Ahead With Look At Oregon's Public Safety System

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hopes a newly revived public safety commission will lead to big changes in the state's criminal justice system. The Democrat issued an executive order Monday that brings back to life a blue ribbon panel created by his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski.

Oregon's prison population is expected to grow by another 2,000 by the end of the decade. Kitzhaber's public safety adviser, Steven Powers, says the governor thinks Oregon needs to take a close look at everything from mandatory sentences to drug rehabilitation programs.

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Murder Suspect To Be Retried
4:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Darold Stenson

Darold Stenson will remain in prison while awaiting his trial.
Washington Department of Corrections

The high court says that Darold Stenson’s rights were violated. In their ruling the justices say the state wrongfully suppressed photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Sheryl Gordon McCloud is Stenson’s attorney.
“The photograph, which we didn’t discover until a few years ago shows the lead detective on the case with his bare ungloved hands holding those pants with those pockets turned out shortly before the gunshot residue test was taken. A picture is worth a thousand words cops carry gun, guns leave gunshot residue, he’s holding the pants with his ungloved hands."

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Bunker To Be Demolished
4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Officials Prepare To Dismantle North Bend Bunker

Officials say a fortified  bunker built by a man suspected of killing his wife and teenage daughter will be destroyed. 

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