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A convicted murderer in the US state of Utah has chosen to be executed by firing squad. When given a choice between lethal injection or being shot, Ronnie Lee Gardner told the judge: "I would like the firing squad, please."

Of the 35 US states that have the death penalty, Utah is the only one to give firing squads as an option.

Critics say the method is a relic from the state's Wild West past and should be abolished.

The judge in Salt Lake City set Gardner's execution date for 18 June, but Gardner's lawyer said he would appeal.

Correspondents say he may still petition the state parole board to commute his sentence to life imprisonment.

Famous last words

The 49-year-old convict killed a lawyer in a shootout while trying to escape from a courthouse in 1985.

He would be only the third man to be killed by firing squad since the Supreme Court allowed states to have the death penalty in 1976.

The first man to be executed after capital punishment was re-instated was Utah murderer Gary Gilmore. He famously said "Let's do it" before facing the bullets in 1977.

The second - John Albert Taylor - attracted huge media attention for his execution in 1996.

Should Gardner's scheduled death go ahead, it is likely to garner a similar media storm, the BBC's Madeleine Morris in Washington says.

Death row convicts in Utah were for decades allowed to choose their method of execution.

State legislators removed that choice in 2004 and made lethal injection the standard method - but inmates sentenced before then still have a choice.

http://news.bbc.co.u...cas/8641280.stm

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Well, live by the "sword" die by the sword they say.. (are at least a gun in this case.)


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Critics say the method is a relic from the state's Wild West past and should be abolished.

So is the death penalty.

That said, I don't get the big deal about him choosing the firing squad. I don't think lethal injection is any more 'humane', if that is the issue. I think it should still be a choice if they don't want to outlaw the death penalty.

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:thumbs: he chose firing squad, so load-aim-fire!

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He probably read The Executioner's Song one too many times. :P Maybe someone should have told him that Norman Mailer is dead. :rofl:


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Yay !!! This could be a huge Pay Per View Event, if Utah Correctional System has the b@lls to pull it off!!


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Love it! :thumbs:

Didn't know Utah still had firing squads as an option.

It doesn't, any longer. But you'd have to actually have read the OP to understand that.

Death row convicts in Utah were for decades allowed to choose their method of execution.

State legislators removed that choice in 2004 and made lethal injection the standard method - but inmates sentenced before then still have a choice.

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So is the death penalty.

That said, I don't get the big deal about him choosing the firing squad. I don't think lethal injection is any more 'humane', if that is the issue. I think it should still be a choice if they don't want to outlaw the death penalty.

Whats not humane is killing a innocent lawyer....wait it was a lawyer :innocent:

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There are a lot of problems with using firing squads, who do they use to carry it out? Oh, I know there a lot of brave gung ho types that think this would be a lot of fun, after all, that's scum right, it should be easy? In reality, you can't volunteer off the streets to be an executioner. People are chosen to perform these duties, and most executioners have a lot of difficulty reconciling what they do with their conscience. I don't know whether they choose firing squads from amongst prison guards or what they do, but whoever is chosen, it will not be something they want to do.


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