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Idaho State Judiciary Biography

Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“The petitioner [Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr.] was convicted of two murders and sentenced to death. In this case [Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr. v. State of Idaho], he filed his fifth petition for post-conviction relief, challenging his death sentence on the ground that he was mentally retarded. The district court dismissed his petition on summary judgment, holding that the petition was untimely and that the petitioner did not present evidence creating a genuine issue of material fact as to his mental retardation. The petitioner appealed, and we affirm … the judgment of the district court dismissing Pizzuto’s petition in this case.”

“Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr. v. State of Idaho,” Daniel T. Eismann, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, Feb. 22, 2008


“The Supreme Court, the state’s top appellate court, includes the Chief Justice and four other justices… The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals hear appeals from District Courts and from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and the Industrial Commission…

Idaho is divided into seven judicial districts, each with an Administrative Judge… Each county has a District Court, which includes a Magistrate Division. There are 41 district judges and 87 magistrate judges in the state. District judges hear felony criminal cases and civil actions if the amount involved is more than $10,000, and appeals of decisions of the Magistrate Division… The Magistrate Division hears probate matters, divorce proceedings, juvenile proceedings, initial felony proceedings through the preliminary hearing, criminal misdemeanors, infractions, civil cases when the amount in dispute does not exceed $10,000 and cases in Small Claims Court that is established for disputes of $4,000 or less.”

“Idaho’s Judicial Structure,” Idaho State Judiciary website (accessed Oct. 23, 2008)


“Providing equal access to justice, promoting excellence in service, and increasing the public’s trust and confidence in the Idaho courts.”

“Home,” Idaho State Judiciary website (accessed Oct. 23, 2008)

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