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Utah Death Penalty

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...

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, ...

Kim Bellware

Oklahoma Wants To Reinstate The Gas Chamber, And Experts Say It's A Bad Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.13.2015 | Crime

Facing dwindling supplies of lethal injection chemicals and increased legal scrutiny of the practice, some states are considering a return to antiqua...

Utah Advances Plan For Executions By Firing Squad

Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow...

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...

Utah's Archaic Brand of Capital Punishment

Jason Kitchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Kitchen

Mark Twain once famously quipped, "I want to be in Kentucky when the end of the world comes, because it's always 20 years behind." Perhaps he hadn't ...

The Spectacle Doesn't Change the Facts

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

The death penalty is increasingly falling into disuse. Even in Utah, despite a splashy appearance on the executing stage, executions are very rare, with less than a dozen people on death row.