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    In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

    In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah's use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state's Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote.

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 39-34 Friday morning to approve the measure, sending it to an uncertain fate in the state's GOP-controlled Senate. Leaders in that chamber have thus far declined to say if they'll support it, and Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won't say if he'll sign it.

    Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, a Republican from Sandy, again declined to tell reporters on Friday if he'd support it.

    Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican from Clearfield who is sponsoring the measure, said after the vote Friday that he thinks it will be just as close in the Senate, and he hasn't started trying to press his case in that chamber.

    Lawmakers in House of Representatives initially voted 35-35 on the proposal Friday morning. But Ray asked for three missing lawmakers to be summoned to the floor, where they all voted in favor.

    During that time, Riverton Republican Rep. Dan McCay switched to vote in favor, allowing the measure to pass 39-34. When asked later by The Associated Press about the switch, McCay smiled and walked away without commenting.

    Ray argues that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections. His bill would call for a firing squad if Utah cannot get lethal injection drugs 30 days before an execution.

    Critics say the firing squad is a gruesome relic of Utah's Wild West past and would bring international condemnation upon the state. That criticism and excessive media attention was one of the reasons many lawmakers voted in 2004 to stop allowing condemned prisoners to choose death by firing squad.

    A handful of inmates on Utah's death row were sentenced before the law changed and still have the option of going before a firing squad in a few years once they have exhausted any appeals. It was last used in 2010 when Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by five police officers with .30-caliber Winchester rifles.

    For years, states used a three-drug combination to execute inmates. But European drug makers have refused to sell the drugs to prisons and corrections departments out of opposition to the death penalty.

    Drug shortages and troubles with administering lethal injections have led several states to begin revisiting alternatives during the past year

    A bill to allow firing squad executions is working its way through Wyoming's Legislature, while lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering legislation that would allow that state to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

    Ray has argued the firing squad is the fastest, most reliable method and the most humane way to kill someone.

    The Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says that a firing squad is not a foolproof method because the inmate could move or shooters could miss the heart, causing a slower, more painful death. One such case appears to have happened in Utah's territorial days back in 1879, when a firing squad missed Wallace Wilkerson's heart and it took him 27 minutes to die, according to newspaper accounts.

    Several opponents of the firing squad bill and the death penalty in general said they were disappointed by Friday's vote but encouraged that it passed on such a slim margin.

    "The fact that it was so close in our state is really exciting," said Anna Brower with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. "I think there are legislators who, while they may have complicated feelings about the death penalty, understand that this particular method is not good advertising for Utah."
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/119a2...ey-vote-friday
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  3. #2
    Once fired a bullet cannot be taken back...

    NAME ST RACE CONVICTED EXONERATED YEARS BETWEEN REASON DNA **
    1 David Keaton FL B 1971 1973 2 Charges Dismissed
    2 Samuel A. Poole NC B 1973 1974 1 Charges Dismissed
    3 Wilbert Lee FL B 1963 1975 12 Pardoned
    4 Freddie Pitts FL B 1963 1975 12 Pardoned
    5 James Creamer GA W 1973 1975 2 Charges Dismissed
    6 Christopher Spicer NC B 1973 1975 2 Acquitted
    7 Thomas Gladish NM W 1974 1976 2 Charges Dismissed
    8 Richard Greer NM W 1974 1976 2 Charges Dismissed
    9 Ronald Keine NM W 1974 1976 2 Charges Dismissed
    10 Clarence Smith NM W 1974 1976 2 Charges Dismissed
    11 Delbert Tibbs FL B 1974 1977 3 Charges Dismissed
    12 Earl Charles GA B 1975 1978 3 Charges Dismissed
    13 Jonathan Treadway AZ W 1975 1978 3 Acquitted
    14 Gary Beeman OH W 1976 1979 3 Acquitted
    15 Jerry Banks GA B 1975 1980 5 Charges Dismissed
    16 Larry Hicks IN B 1978 1980 2 Acquitted
    17 Charles Ray Giddens OK B 1978 1981 3 Charges Dismissed
    18 Michael Linder SC W 1979 1981 2 Acquitted
    19 Johnny Ross LA B 1975 1981 6 Charges Dismissed
    20 Ernest (Shujaa) Graham CA B 1976 1981 5 Acquitted
    21 Annibal Jaramillo FL L 1981 1982 1 Charges Dismissed
    22 Lawyer Johnson MA B 1971 1982 11 Charges Dismissed
    23 Larry Fisher MS W 1984 1985 1 Acquitted
    24 Anthony Brown FL B 1983 1986 3 Acquitted
    25 Neil Ferber PA W 1982 1986 4 Charges Dismissed
    26 Clifford Henry Bowen OK W 1981 1986 5 Charges Dismissed
    27 Joseph Green Brown FL B 1974 1987 13 Charges Dismissed
    28 Perry Cobb IL B 1979 1987 8 Acquitted
    29 Darby (Jesse) Tillis IL B 1979 1987 8 Acquitted
    30 Vernon McManus TX W 1977 1987 10 Charges Dismissed
    31 Anthony Ray Peek FL B 1978 1987 9 Acquitted
    32 Juan Ramos FL L 1983 1987 4 Acquitted
    33 Robert Wallace GA B 1980 1987 7 Acquitted
    34 Richard Neal Jones OK W 1983 1987 4 Acquitted
    35 Willie Brown FL B 1983 1988 5 Charges Dismissed
    36 Larry Troy FL B 1983 1988 5 Charges Dismissed
    37 Randall Dale Adams TX W 1977 1989 12 Charges Dismissed
    38 Robert Cox FL W 1988 1989 1 Charges Dismissed
    39 James Richardson FL B 1968 1989 21 Charges Dismissed
    40 Clarence Brandley TX B 1981 1990 9 Charges Dismissed
    41 John C. Skelton TX W 1983 1990 7 Acquitted
    42 Dale Johnston OH W 1984 1990 6 Charges Dismissed
    43 Jimmy Lee Mathers AZ W 1987 1990 3 Acquitted
    44 Gary Nelson GA B 1980 1991 11 Charges Dismissed
    45 Bradley P. Scott FL W 1988 1991 3 Acquitted
    46 Charles Smith IN B 1983 1991 8 Acquitted
    47 Jay C. Smith PA W 1986 1992 6 Acquitted
    48 Kirk Bloodsworth MD W 1984 1993 9 Charges Dismissed Yes
    49 Federico M. Macias TX L 1984 1993 9 Charges Dismissed
    50 Walter McMillian AL B 1988 1993 5 Charges Dismissed
    51 Gregory R. Wilhoit OK W 1987 1993 6 Acquitted
    52 James Robison AZ W 1977 1993 16 Acquitted
    53 Muneer Deeb TX O 1985 1993 8 Acquitted
    54 Andrew Golden FL W 1991 1994 3 Charges Dismissed
    55 Adolph Munson OK B 1985 1995 10 Acquitted
    56 Robert Charles Cruz AZ L 1981 1995 14 Acquitted
    57 Rolando Cruz IL L 1985 1995 10 Acquitted Yes
    58 Alejandro Hernandez IL L 1985 1995 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
    59 Sabrina Butler MS B 1990 1995 5 Acquitted
    60 Joseph Burrows IL W 1989 1996 7 Charges Dismissed
    61 Verneal Jimerson IL B 1985 1996 11 Charges Dismissed Yes
    62 Dennis Williams IL B 1979 1996 17 Charges Dismissed Yes
    63 Roberto Miranda NV L 1982 1996 14 Charges Dismissed
    64 Gary Gauger IL W 1993 1996 3 Charges Dismissed
    65 Troy Lee Jones CA B 1982 1996 14 Charges Dismissed
    66 Carl Lawson IL B 1990 1996 6 Acquitted
    67 David Wayne Grannis AZ W 1991 1996 5 Charges Dismissed
    68 Ricardo Aldape Guerra TX L 1982 1997 15 Charges Dismissed
    69 Benjamin Harris WA B 1985 1997 12 Charges Dismissed
    70 Robert Hayes FL B 1991 1997 6 Acquitted
    71 Christopher McCrimmon AZ B 1993 1997 4 Acquitted
    72 Randal Padgett AL W 1992 1997 5 Acquitted
    73 Robert Lee Miller, Jr. OK B 1988 1998 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
    74 Curtis Kyles LA B 1984 1998 14 Charges Dismissed
    75 Shareef Cousin LA B 1996 1999 3 Charges Dismissed
    76 Anthony Porter IL B 1983 1999 16 Charges Dismissed
    77 Steven Smith IL B 1985 1999 14 Acquitted
    78 Ronald Williamson OK W 1988 1999 11 Charges Dismissed Yes
    79 Ronald Jones IL B 1989 1999 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
    80 Clarence Dexter, Jr. MO W 1991 1999 8 Charges Dismissed
    81 Warren Douglas Manning SC B 1989 1999 10 Acquitted
    82 Alfred Rivera NC L 1997 1999 2 Charges Dismissed
    83 Steve Manning IL W 1993 2000 7 Charges Dismissed
    84 Eric Clemmons MO B 1987 2000 13 Acquitted
    85 Joseph Nahume Green FL B 1993 2000 7 Charges Dismissed
    86 Earl Washington VA B 1984 2000 16 Pardoned Yes
    87 William Nieves PA L 1994 2000 6 Acquitted
    88 Frank Lee Smith - died prior to exoneration FL B 1986 2000 ** 14 Charges Dismissed Yes
    89 Michael Graham LA W 1987 2000 13 Charges Dismissed
    90 Albert Burrell LA W 1987 2000 13 Charges Dismissed
    91 Oscar Lee Morris CA B 1983 2000 17 Charges Dismissed
    92 Peter Limone MA W 1968 2001 33 Charges Dismissed
    93 Gary Drinkard AL W 1995 2001 6 Charges Dismissed
    94 Joaquin Jose Martinez FL L 1997 2001 4 Acquitted
    95 Jeremy Sheets NE W 1997 2001 4 Charges Dismissed
    96 Charles Fain ID W 1983 2001 18 Charges Dismissed Yes
    97 Juan Roberto Melendez FL L 1984 2002 18 Charges Dismissed
    98 Ray Krone AZ W 1992 2002 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
    99 Thomas Kimbell, Jr. PA W 1998 2002 4 Acquitted
    100 Larry Osborne KY W 1999 2002 3 Charges Dismissed
    101 Aaron Patterson IL B 1986 2003 17 Pardoned
    102 Madison Hobley IL B 1987 2003 16 Pardoned
    103 Leroy Orange IL B 1984 2003 19 Pardoned
    104 Stanley Howard IL B 1987 2003 16 Pardoned
    105 Rudolph Holton FL B 1986 2003 16 Charges Dismissed
    106 Lemuel Prion AZ W 1999 2003 4 Charges Dismissed
    107 Wesley Quick AL W 1997 2003 6 Acquitted
    108 John Thompson LA B 1985 2003 18 Acquitted
    109 Timothy Howard OH B 1976 2003 26 Charges Dismissed
    110 Gary Lamar James OH B 1976 2003 26 Charges Dismissed
    111 Joseph Amrine MO B 1986 2003 17 Charges Dismissed
    112 Nicholas Yarris PA W 1982 2003 21 Charges Dismissed Yes
    113 Alan Gell NC W 1998 2004 6 Acquitted
    114 Gordon Steidl IL W 1987 2004 17 Charges Dismissed
    115 Laurence Adams MA B 1974 2004 30 Charges Dismissed
    116 Dan L. Bright LA B 1996 2004 8 Charges Dismissed
    117 Ryan Matthews LA B 1999 2004 5 Charges Dismissed Yes
    118 Ernest Ray Willis TX W 1987 2004 17 Charges Dismissed
    119 Derrick Jamison OH B 1985 2005 20 Charges Dismissed
    120 Harold Wilson PA B 1989 2005 16 Acquitted
    121 John Ballard FL W 2003 2006 3 Acquitted
    122 Curtis McCarty OK W 1986 2007 21 Charges Dismissed Yes
    123 Michael McCormick TN W 1987 2007 20 Acquitted
    124 Jonathon Hoffman NC B 1995 2007 12 Charges Dismissed
    125 Kennedy Brewer MS B 1995 2008 13 Charges Dismissed Yes
    126 Glen Chapman NC B 1994 2008 14 Charges Dismissed
    127 Levon Jones NC B 1993 2008 15 Charges Dismissed
    128 Michael Blair TX O 1994 2008 14 Charges Dismissed Yes
    129 Nathson Fields IL B 1986 2009 23 Acquitted
    130 Paul House TN W 1986 2009 23 Charges Dismissed
    131 Daniel Wade Moore AL W 2002 2009 7 Acquitted
    132 Ronald Kitchen IL B 1988 2009 21 Charges Dismissed
    133 Herman Lindsey FL B 2006 2009 3 Acquitted
    134 Michael Toney TX W 1999 2009 10 Charges Dismissed
    135 Yancy Douglas OK B 1995 2009 14 Charges Dismissed
    136 Paris Powell OK B 1997 2009 12 Charges Dismissed
    137 Robert Springsteen TX W 2001 2009 8 Charges Dismissed
    138 Anthony Graves TX B 1994 2010 16 Charges Dismissed
    139 Gussie Vann TN W 1994 2011 17 Charges Dismissed
    140 Joe D'Ambrosio OH W 1989 2012 23 Charges Dismissed
    141 Damon Thibodeaux LA W 1997 2012 15 Charges Dismissed Yes
    142 Seth Penalver FL W 1999 2012 13 Acquitted
    143 Reginald Griffin MO B 1983 2013 30 Charges Dismissed
    144 Glenn Ford LA B 1984 2014 30 Charges Dismissed
    145 Carl Dausch FL W 2011 2014 3 Acquitted
    146 Henry McCollum NC B 1984 2014 30 Charges Dismissed Yes
    147 Leon Brown NC B 1984 2014 30 Charges Dismissed Yes
    148 Ricky Jackson OH B 1975 2014 39 Charges Dismissed
    149 Wiley Bridgeman OH B 1975 2014 39 Charges Dismissed
    150 Kwame Ajamu OH B 1975 2014 39 Charges Dismissed
    Note: James Bo Cochran (AL) and Timothy Hennis (NC) were originally on this list but are excluded following further research and developments.

    http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/inno...reed-death-row

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    So buisness as usual then?

    why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).
    The state's only purpose is to kill and control. Why do you worship it? - Sola_Fide

    Baptiste said.
    At which point will Americans realize that creating an unaccountable institution that is able to pass its liability on to tax-payers is immoral and attracts sociopaths?

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    WTF, Utah?

    Utah set to bring back death sentence by firing squad

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah — the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad — is poised to bring back the Old West-style executions if the state cannot track down drugs used in lethal injections.

    The Republican-controlled state Legislature gave final approval to the proposal Tuesday night, with lawmakers billing it as a backup plan as states struggle to find execution drugs amid a nationwide shortage.

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has declined to say if he’ll approve or veto the bill, a decision that’s not expected to come for a week or so.

    If he approves the measure, Utah would become the only state to allow an execution by firing squads if there’s a drug shortage.

    The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, said it will give the state options. “We would love to get the lethal injection worked out so we can continue with that. But if not, now we have a backup plan,” Ray told The Associated Press.

    Utah is one of several states to seek out new forms of capital punishment after a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last year and one in Arizona that took nearly two hours for the condemned man to die. Legislation to allow firing squads has been introduced in Arkansas this year. In Wyoming, a measure to allow firing squads if the lethal drugs aren’t available died. In Oklahoma, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the state to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

    In Utah, Ray has touted the measure as being a more humane form of execution. He argued that a team of trained marksmen is faster than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections.

    ...
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...fb3_story.html



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