After Botched OK Execution, GOPer Proposes Bringing Back Firing Squads

Last month there was big news about a botched execution in Oklahoma, where a lethal injection went horribly wrong and the inmate sentenced to death suffered for quite a while before eventually dying. Well, in reaction to this news, a Republican state lawmaker in Utah has proposed bringing back firing squads as an option for criminals sentenced to the death penalty.

Paul Ray will propose this legislation in the coming legislative session, making the argument that it might serve as a reasonable alternative to issues arising from lethal injections (drug shortages, etc.). He said, “It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody.”

Utah ended the practice of execution by firing squad ten years ago, but if Ray gets his way the state might reintroduce it. And he may actually have a kindred spirit in Nancy Grace, who wondered a few months ago if firing squads would be a cheaper alternative to the costly practice of lethal injection.

[h/t TPM]
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