Death row prisoner Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed on 18 November 2011. He was sentenced to death for murdering Susan Michelbacher and Stacy Baldwin in 1987. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole did not grant the request for clemency, neither did the Governor of Idaho C. L. “Butch” Otter, who was the last person who had the power to safe Rhoades’ life.
With Rhoades execution, Idaho makes use of the death penalty for the first time since 1994 and puts an end to a 17-year de facto moratorium. The penultimate execution was carried out even further back in the past, in 1957.
On 11 November, the President of the ICDP had written a personal letter to Governor Otter, asking him to grant clemency to Paul Ezra Rhoades.