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BOISE -- The execution for Idaho death row inmate Richard Leavitt will go differently Tuesday morning than the last time Idaho administered the death penalty-- at least for the witnesses.

Idaho journalists fought to have more access, and last Friday they got it.

Tuesday, witnesses including representatives from the media will see Leavitt enter the death chamber, something they were never able to see before.

Rebecca Boone a reporter with the Associated Press witnessed Idaho's last execution, of Paul Ezra Rhoades on November 18th, 2011. She will also act as a witness in this execution.

For Leavitt's, the procedure will be more visible.

We wanted to see the execution from the moment the condemned enters the death chamber through his final heartbeat, said Boone.

The Associated Press along with 16 other news organizations recently won a court ruling asking for full viewing access to the execution. They argue, every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses.

There are a lot of reasons why we need that information and primarily so people can understand how they feel about it and whether when the state carries out an execution done in the public's name, whether the public agrees with it or not, explained Boone.

Leavitt was found guilty for the 1984 murder of Danette Elg in Blackfoot. He stabbed her repeatedly until she died, but through the years Leavitt chose to appeal his case claiming innocence.

According to the Department of Corrections loved ones of Leavitt and Elg could be present for the execution, along with a number of state witnesses.

As a journalist covering it, Boone believes this recent ruling, will give the public information they never had before.

The public can t adequately access how it feels about executions or whether they are being carried out correctly if they can't have access, she said.



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