Utah Brings Back the Firing Squad
It was gone only five years. The firing squad option for capital punishment has been illegal since 2004, although the last inmate to choose but wasn’t executed until 2010 — making his death only the third civilian death by firing squad in the U.S. since the Civil War. Now Utah’s governor has signed it back into existence as a back-up option, fearing a shortage of the lethal cocktails the state now uses to kill inmates. Some are concerned about finding eight people willing to pull those triggers.