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Group Gives Utah Governor Petition Against Firing Squad Executions

A group of Utahns yesterday delivered a petition at the state Capitol asking Gov. Gary Herbert to veto legislation that would allow the return of execution by firing squad.  The MoveOn.org petition has about 6,200 signatures, with about 500 of those from people living in Utah.

The Senate voted 18-10 to pass HB11 and sent it to Herbert for his signature. It had passed the House 39-34, with just one vote to spare, after intense debate that focused mainly on whether to abolish the death penalty.

The bill allows the state to use a firing squad if the drugs used for lethal injection are not available at least 30 days before a scheduled execution. The foreign manufacturers of the drugs have worked to prevent their use in executions.

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