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Idaho is the latest state to permit execution by firing squad

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Idaho Governor Brad Little

Idaho may soon use firing squads to execute death-row inmates if no lethal injection drugs are available, under a new law signed last week.

On Friday, Republican Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 186, which permits state prison officials to carry out executions using a method that hasn't been employed in the U.S. in more than a decade.

"For the people on death row, a jury convicted them of their crimes, and they were lawfully sentenced to death," Little said in a letter after signing the bill.

"It is the responsibility of the State of Idaho to follow the law and ensure that lawful criminal sentences are carried out," he added.

The ACLU of Idaho called Little's signing of the law "extremely disappointing" and said that though it opposed all forms of capital punishment, firing squad are "especially gruesome."

The law takes effect on July 1.

TVNL Comment: People must not kill, but the state may kill in any form it decides. There's something very wrong with that.


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