Richard Albert LEAVITT
Richard Leavitt is transported to his 1985 trial.
Richard Leavitt testifies during his 1985 murder trial in
Richard Leavitt in the courtroom during his 1985 trial for the
murder of Danette Elg.
After Richard Leavitt was sentenced to death in December 1985, he
turned to his family
to say “Merry Christmas” before being taken to prison.
This image shows a photograph of a hand-written, elaborately
Statesman had received the day
Warden John W. Snook to attend
the execution of John
published in a 1909
As Idaho's news media spar with the state in federal court
on access to
executions, the case has turned a spotlight on Idaho's
history of media witnesses attending its state executions
to serve as
and ears of the
public. Media witnesses have been present
for all but
Idaho execution since 1901
and published detailed accounts of
This Oct. 20, 2011 file photo shows the execution chamber at the
as Warden Randy Blades, right, stands in the
room, in Boise, Idaho.
A legal challenge
seeking full viewing access
executions will go before a federal
appeals court Thursday,
The Associated Press and 16 other news
organizations saying the
(AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)
Danette Jean Elg, 31.