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Firing Squad

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

What It's Really Like To Witness A Firing Squad Execution

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime

The only visible reaction Ronnie Lee Gardner gave to meeting death via a Utah firing squad was a clenched fist and a raised left arm, according to rep...

Utah Reinstates Firing Squad As Execution Method

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

Firing squads are a legal execution method once again in Utah. A law signed Monday by Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) establishes firing squads as a seco...

A Closer Look at the Death Penalty as Utah Considers Firing Squads

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.11.2015 | Crime
Steve Siebold

If the Utah State Senate gets its way, Utah could soon use firing squads to execute some death-row prisoners. The measure passed 18 to 10 on Tuesday, ...

This Is How Normal People Feel About the Death Penalty

Galanty Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The biggest problem is not who receives the death penalty. It's who doesn't receive it. In a fair and just society, we're going to have to start executing a hell of a lot more people.

State House Approves Bill Allowing Executions By Firing Squad

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

The Utah House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that would allow executions by firing squad, the AP reports. The measure passed 39-34, ...

Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Firing Squad For Executions

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to pe...

GOP Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions

AP | MICHELLE L. PRICE | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more hu...

New Poll: Americans Support Death Penalty By Gas Or Electrocution

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

Despite the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, American support for the death penalty remains unwavering. However, a new poll by NBC has shown ...

If We're Keeping the Death Penalty, Then Bring Back Firing Squads

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.

Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

State Senate Votes Down Execution By Firing Squad

AP | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has voted not to consider a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates. Lethal in...

States Consider Bringing Back Firing Squads, Electrocutions

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty st...

State Considers Execution By Firing Squad

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

One day after a controversial lethal injection case in Ohio put the death penalty in crosshairs, another set of state lawmakers have proposed legislat...

Wyoming Lawmaker Proposes Firing Squads For Execution

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing to allow use of the firing squad to execute condemned state inmates if constitutional problems o...

Utah Man Chooses Execution By Firing Squad

Posted 02.10.2012 | Crime

A Utah man has opted for execution by firing squad to carry out his death sentence for a 1988 murder in which he stabbed a man in the liver with a tir...

Pakistan Soldiers Appear To Execute Civilians On New Tape (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

New footage of Pakistan soldiers allegedly executing a group of six civilians has surfaced online, raising troubling questions about the country's sta...

Trial and Execution: The Dramatic Deaths of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

Twenty years ago on Christmas Day, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed after a summary trial. And thanks to the marvels of modern technology, anyone can view the proceedings.

Ronnie Lee Gardner Firing Squad Execution Condemned By Attorneys;

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for condemned Utah inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner have asked the state's Board of Pardons and Parole to consider commuting...

Utah Firing Squad Inmate, Ronnie Lee Gardner, May Have Postponed Execution

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for a Utah inmate scheduled to be killed by firing squad have asked a judge to put the execution on hold while they a...

Utah Firing Squads: Prisoner May Be Executed Using Method Decried As

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request, renewing a debat...

Utah 'Firing Squad' Execution Planned For Ronnie Lee Gardner (PHOTO)

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request, renewing a debat...

Firing Squad Executes Utah Man

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DRAPER, Utah — A barrage of bullets tore into Ronnie Lee Gardner's chest where a target had been pinned over his heart. Two minutes later, the t...

Ronnie Lee Gardner Clemency Decision Expected Monday

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DRAPER, Utah — A condemned Utah inmate has lost his bid for clemency from a state parole board, making his execution by firing squad on Friday m...