Death Row Inmates Challenge New Execution Rules


The Associated Press reports that four inmates currently on Idaho's death row are challenging Idaho's new execution procedures. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Idaho prison officials were granted too much authority over executions in a string of new laws, recently passed by the Idaho Legislature.

The suit names Idaho Department of Correction director Brent Reinke, operations division chief Kevin Kempf and other department officials. IDOC has confirmed that Idaho may see another execution as early as this spring or summer.

The inmates suing IDOC are all awaiting execution: Thomas Creech, James Hairson, Richard Leavitt and Gene Stuart. All four are being represented by the Federal Public Defender's Office.

You can read about the new rules here, along with how Idaho will mark a grim anniversary this Friday of the state's only double execution.