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mlyonsd
06-15-2010, 09:02 AM
SALT LAKE CITY

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a condemned inmate scheduled for execution by firing squad this week.

In a 57-page ruling issued late Monday, the court says it's too late for Ronnie Lee Gardner to challenge his death sentence. The court says it found no "overriding issues of justice" to consider.

The ruling leaves the 49-year-old convicted killer with few remaining legal options if he hopes to halt his execution Friday.

Gardner is being put to death for a 1985 capital murder conviction stemming from the fatal courthouse shooting of an attorney during an escape attempt.

Gardner had also lost a bid for clemency earlier Monday from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

An e-mail sent to Gardner's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/15/utah-supreme-court-denies-appeal-death-row-inmate-set-execution-firing-squad/

Personally I say good for Utah.

petegz28
06-15-2010, 09:34 AM
You know, it is a rotten deal to take someone's life as punishment. But when that person has taken someone else's life in the act of murder it is justified. It's a rough deal and a sad part of life. But the guy should have thought about that before he pulled the trigger.

Der Flöprer
06-15-2010, 10:21 AM
LMAO By firing squad? What is this, the 19th century? Let's bring back the guillotine.

blaise
06-15-2010, 10:31 AM
Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah in the late 70's. It was the subject of the Executioner's Song - a book by Norman Mailer and a made for TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.

BucEyedPea
06-15-2010, 11:09 AM
LMAO By firing squad? What is this, the 19th century? Let's bring back the guillotine.

How 'bout some drawing and quartering?
It'd bring back fond memories for Donger.

Huffmeister
06-15-2010, 04:22 PM
LMAO By firing squad? What is this, the 19th century? Let's bring back the guillotine.

The funny thing is that Utah did execute someone by firing squad in 1995: John Albert Taylor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Taylor). Of course, it was the last execution by firing squad in the United States, and looks to remain that way for a while.