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Didn't realize that firing squads were still used in executions


FNBADAZ06

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Saw a thread on the big forum....Utah is getting ready to execute an inmate via firing squad on Friday.

Read the article and saw this interesting piece of information....

"Utah is the only state that uses the firing squad as a current execution method. Oklahoma allows it only if lethal injection and electrocution are ruled unconstitutional. Forty of Utah's 49 executions in the last 160 years or so have been done this way, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

State lawmakers made lethal injection the default capital punishment in 2004, but at least three inmates who already had chosen the firing squad were grandfathered in under the new law.

Five anonymous marksmen will use matching .30-caliber rifles, standing behind a wall cut with five gunports. One of the rifles will be an "ineffective" round, similar to a blank, which delivers the same recoil as a live round. That ensures none of the riflemen will know who delivered the fatal shot.

The marksmen fire from a distance of 25 feet. The inmate is blindfolded, strapped to a chair and a target pinned to his chest.

Lethal injection remains by far the most-used execution method in the United States and is the primary or only option in the 35 states with capital punishment. Nine states still use electrocution, five states have the gas chamber, and two -- Washington and New Hampshire -- would hang condemned inmates as an alternate method."

Pretty interesting.

Utah execution by firing squad

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Guest Kens06

I remember Gary Gilmore was a big buzz in the media in the late 70's! I guess there was another one in '96! Never heard about it... Last supper, how do you want to go out! Ken

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People should be put to death in exactly the same manner as their victims.

:agree

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wickedfastvette

People should be put to death in exactly the same manner as their victims.

:agree

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I just heard on the radio that its still going through, think of the cost. How much can a bullet cost vs. all that electricity or chemicals? What a savings.

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