Entries tagged with “Aliza Cover


Lethal Injection


Jan 21, 2022

Investigative Report: Idaho Records Reveal State’s Efforts to Conceal Ghost Purchase of Execution Drugs and Out-of-State Cash Payment to Pharmacy With Dubious Regulatory History

Idaho prison offi­cials engaged in cloak and dag­ger prac­tices, includ­ing twice send­ing state employ­ees across state lines to make cash pur­chas­es of con­trolled sub­stances intend­ed for exe­cu­tions, active­ly con­ceal­ing the intend­ed use of the drugs, manip­u­lat­ing state records to cov­er up their activ­i­ties, and act­ing in bad faith to stonewall pub­lic records requests for exe­cu­tion-relat­ed infor­ma­tion, a joint inves­tiga­tive report by the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Capital Sun has revealed.

Policy Issues



Jul 18, 2022

NEW SCHOLARSHIP: Idaho Study Shows Statute Fails to Limit Death Penalty to Worst Cases

A new study sug­gests that Idahos cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment statute fails to nar­row the use of the death penal­ty to the worst of the worst” crimes, rais­ing ques­tions about its con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty. In Narrowing Death Eligibility in Idaho: An Empirical and Constitutional Analysis, pub­lished in the February 2022 issue of the Idaho Law Review, Aliza Plener Cover (pic­tured) argues based on data from near­ly 20 years of mur­der con­vic­tions that the Idaho leg­is­la­ture has done lit­tle to mean­ing­ful­ly nar­row a sub­set of those who are most deserv­ing of death.”