Published in Current Events

The graduates sat in neat rows Thursday, decked out in satin caps and gowns of blue and gold.

Published in Current Events
Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:16

Firing squad execution revives debate

Twice-convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner is shot in a Utah prison.

By JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press
Published: 6/19/2010  2:25 AM
Last Modified: 6/19/2010  6:51 AM

DRAPER, Utah — A barrage of bullets tore into Ronnie Lee Gardner's chest where a target had been pinned over his heart. Two minutes later, the twice-convicted killer was pronounced dead as blood pooled in his dark blue prison jumpsuit.

It was the first time in 14 years that an American inmate was executed by firing squad — a method Gardner chose over lethal injection. But death penalty opponents around the world reacted with horror all the same, renewing an international debate about capital punishment in the U.S.

Published in Prison Legal News