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Why mask the ugliness of executions? Bring back firing squads, judge says.
Why mask the ugliness of executions? Bring back firing squads, judge says.

A flurry of court rulings over the last few days contain a compelling discussion of the nature of the death penalty and the impact of government secrecy on public debate over our continuing embrace of barbarism. At the same time, questions over whether the death penalty should be banned under the 8th Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment have morphed into an examination of whether government secrecy surrounding executions poses 1st Amendment problems because it denies the public the information it needs for an open political discussion. First, the case: In 1989, Joseph R. Wood, who had a history of domestic violence, entered the Arizona body shop owned by...

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