Otter says carrying out death penalty is toughest decision for governor; offers tour of execution chamber for top guv hopefuls

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Gov. Butch Otter says the decision to carry out the death penalty is the toughest decision he’s faced as governor, and he’s already taken Lt. Gov. Brad Little out to the state’s execution chamber to acquaint him with the process and the protocols. He said he’s offered to do the same for both Tommy Ahlquist and Raul Labrador, who are vying against Little for the GOP nomination for governor, and he’d also be happy to take Democratic hopefuls A.J. Balukoff and Paulette Jordan on the same excursion. “Last count I think there’s still 11 people on Death Row,” Otter said. He said when he ran for governor, that role wasn’t in his thoughts. “I thought about a lot of other things, including the great grand march down the steps, the first dance. I never,...

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Otter says carrying out death penalty is toughest decision for governor; offers tour of execution chamber for top guv hopefuls

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