August 22, 2002

Death Penalty Changes

In a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Ring V. Arizona, the justices held that a jury, rather than a judge, must decide whether a defendent meets the aggravating factors necessary for a death sentence.

The ruling could affect nearly 800 sentences in 9 states, including Idaho. The Idaho Prosecutors Association has called for a special session to deal with the issue.

As Governor Kempthorne considers that request, Dialogue looks at how the court's ruling, along with other decisions that seem to be chipping away at the death penalty, might affect both current death row inmates and future sentences. Marcia Franklin talks about the issue with three guests.