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Utah could bring back firing sqaud

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 March 10, 2015 6:57 PM March 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- Utah could become the only state to use a firing squad to execute prisoners on death row if there is a shortage of execution drugs for lethal injection.

The State Legislature sent a bill to do it to Governor Gary Herbert, who hasn't said if he'll sign it. Utah abandoned the firing squad as a form of execution ten years ago.

The bill would require the state to use a firing squad if lethal injection drugs are not available 30-days before an execution.

The sponsor of the bill says it gives Utah an option since lethal injection drugs are in short supply.  Opponents contend the firing squad is a barbaric holdover from the Wild West days.

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