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Kinder, gentler forms of capital punishment are still barbaric
Kinder, gentler forms of capital punishment are still barbaric

The state of Oklahoma, which developed the nation's first lethal injection protocol for executions, may soon approve what lawmakers say is a new, even more humane way of killing people. Following the advice of a criminal justice professor who is also a former assistant attorney general of Palau — note the lack of medical background — the state Legislature now wants to try a method called "nitrogen hypoxia." Utah is also changing the way it ends the lives of condemned prisoners. This week, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill allowing execution by firing squad when no drugs are available to create lethal injection cocktails. Opponents immediately denounced the plan...

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