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Idaho's execution blitz

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There is nothing ordinary about a state putting someone to death, but it's becoming routine in Idaho. At this time last year, Idaho hadn't executed an inmate for more than a quarter century. But in November 2011, Paul Ezra Rhoades was put to death, and seven months later, the same procedure--with a few tweaks--was repeated when a lethal overdose of Pentobarbital coursed through the veins of Richard Leavitt. "Our staff take no joy in this duty," said Brent Reinke, director of the Idaho Department of Correction. Asked when Idaho might see its next execution, Reinke told BW that it was possible another lethal injection may occur as early as the first part of 2013, but Attorney General Lawrence Wasden added some caution: "Guessing would not be fair to the victims' families or the inmates themselves."

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