A Humane Execution

Supreme Court test of protocol seems likely.

, The National Law Journal


In the long arc of America's search for the most humane way to execute criminals, lethal injection evolved as the gold standard. So why are Utah and Wyoming lawmakers reconsidering firing squads?

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  • ColorBlindJustice

    Bring back the low-cost, always effective and painless firing squad. Death is instantaneous in virtually all cases, and the expert riflemen‘s consciences are afforded some plausible deniability insofar as they are not informed as to which of their rifles were loaded with blanks.

  • Pancho

    There‘s no such thing as a "humane" execution, of course. It‘s an oxymoron.

    The horrible recent cases of the Oklahoma prisoners whose ritual executions were horribly botched in front of rooms full of spectators are hardly the only one.

    The governor of Tennessee just signed a bill to bring back the electric chair. Nothing quite so inspiring, I guess, as seeing a prisoner catching fire while sitting in "Old Sparky" as the chairs were called, in some states.

    A federal study found it cost eight times as much to try a capital case as others where the death penalty was declined by the court or the prosecution, and that doesn‘t even account for the cost of the appeals.

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