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Utah Reinstates Using Firing Squads To Carry Out Death Sentences

Utah has made an announcement about starting to use firing squads to carry out death sentences for three convicts, becoming the second state after Oklahoma to permit this method in the wake of a shortage of chemicals used in the administration of lethal injections.

Firing squads were reinstated in Utah in 2015, after several companies that produce chemicals used in lethal injections have refused to sell their products, citing medical ethics grounds. The chemicals have non lethal medical applications as well.

Taborn Dave Honie, Troy Michael Kell and Ralph Leroy Menzies will be the first three convicts put to death under the reinstated method.

All three men were given the possibility to choose between different methods and opted for death by firing squad over lethal injection. All three were convicted of murder, while Honie had also been convicted of rape as well. Their executions dates have not yet been determined.

Oklahoma and Utah have brought back the use of firing squads in order to be able to continue carrying out death sentences. Oklahoma has also produced a system by which convicts  breath nitrogen gas until they succumb to asphyxiation. South Carolina and Mississippi have pending legislation to reinstate the electric chair.

 

Many wrongful convictions occur because of faulty eyewitness testimony. Though in the past this was thought to be incontrovertible, a growing body of evidence suggests that eyewitnesses are among the least accurate sources of evidence.

Since 1992, The Innocence Project has exonerated three hundred and forty three people across the United States who were wrongfully convicted, included more than twenty who were given death sentences. Their efforts have also led to the correct identification of more than one hundred and forty actual perpetrators, reports UConservative.

 

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