Death Penalty

Prosecutors in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Grand counties are calling on Utah lawmakers to scrap the death penalty. On Tuesday, the prosecutors sent a letter to Gov Spencer Cox and the Utah State Legislature. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

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Utah County Attorney David Leavitt announced that he will no longer seek the death penalty. After initially planning to seek the death penalty in the case of Jerrod William Baum, a man accused of murdering two teens in December 2017, Leavitt has withdrawn the motion.

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced he will consider a moratorium for the death penalty as the state struggles with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a downturn in the energy sector.

Utah Supreme Court

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Utah couple accused of taunting their malnourished 3-year-old daughter with food before she died.

The state filed the notice Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile.

Utah State Prison; Prison officials review 74 cases after death-penalty blunder.

Utah prison officials say they've reviewed 74 court cases involving inmate medical records after the department failed to produce documents in a death-penalty case.

The probe came after Judge Wallace Lee called for an investigation into the Department of Corrections' handing of the case of 36-year-old Steven Crutcher, who had once faced capital punishment in the death of his cellmate.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Today on the program, we're discussing the possibility of Utah doing away with the death penalty and as Mitt Romney begins his campaign for Senate, his relationship with Pres. Donald Trump appears to warm.  Huntsville Republican Rep. Gage Froerer leads the charge to do away with the death penalty, and he has some powerful players backing him. And state lawmakers seem to have an extra $209 million to work with in the budget this year. 

Lawmakers move to eradicate the death penalty.

Utah's Republican Speaker of the House is backing an effort to repeal the death penalty in the state three years after lawmakers voted to reinstate the use of the firing squad as a backup execution method.

House Speaker Greg Hughes and Republican Rep. Gage Froerer say it will be an uphill battle to persuade the GOP-controlled Legislature to ban capital punishment even though a similar ban came close to passing two years ago.

Utah lawmakers are once again considering getting rid of the death penalty, two years after legislators came close to making the move.

A bill sponsored by Republican state Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville would prohibit Utah prosecutors from seeking the death penalty starting May 8. The nine men currently on death row would still be executed.

The list of crimes warranting the death penalty could grow larger.

A Utah lawmaker wants to make it a death penalty offense to kill a security guard or paramedic, but prosecutors are warning that change could threaten capital punishment.

Democratic Sen. Karen Mayne said Monday her plan would help protect emergency first responders who might be targeted. A Senate committee approved her proposal 5-1.

The Salt Lake Tribune

A majority (55 percent) of Americans support the death penalty, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, but support continues to decline. In 1994, 80 percent supported the death penalty.


Utah Considering Death Penalty by Firing Squad

May 26, 2016

With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. 

Death Penalty Bill Passes Senate, Moves To House

Mar 7, 2016

Utah Senators discussed Senate Bill 189, Death Penalty Amendments on Monday morning.