Utah votes to use firing squad for death sentences

utah_firing_squadA vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs.

Utah and several other states are scrambling to modify their laws on the heels of a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year and one in Arizona in which the condemned man took nearly two hours to die. Meanwhile, Texas executed a Mexican mafia hit man Wednesday evening with its second-to-last dosage of drugs.

States have struggled to keep up their drug inventories as European manufacturers opposed to capital punishment refuse to sell the components of lethal injections to U.S. prisons.

The Utah bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray, argues that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths involved when lethal injections go awry.

The last execution by firing squad was in 2010, when Ronnie Lee Gardner was put to death by five police officers with .30-caliber Winchester rifles

Three more death-row inmates who have chosen a  firing squad as their preferred method of death are expected to be executed once their appeal process has completed, providing the appeals are not successful.  Prison authorities will choose the gunmen from a pool of volunteer officers, starting with those in the area where the crime happened, Ray said.

“We’ve always had a lot more volunteers than actually had spots,” he said.



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  1. In just another guy’s opinion, the primary reason for botched executions is Prog infiltration of the “justice” system. (Scorn quotes are almost unnecessary, but let’s make sure nobody is up to date.)

    Why do I say this? Given the following:
    heroin overdoses are the principle causes of death of heavy drug users;
    the usage is totally voluntary on their parts;
    that it is in most cases likely that the fatal overdose is accidental,

    Then one must ask the question: If the executioners wanted to botch the executions, what would they do differently from what dead heroin users do?

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  2. There should be a choice.

    Lethal Injection Firing squad, electric chair, hanging, bullet to back of head, or how about you can do it yourself, like a drug overdose and off to happy happy land.

    Freedom of choice.

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