Fox News – Idaho is looking to resurrect the firing squad as an acceptable alternative to lethal injection for prisoners sentenced to death.
A shortage of necessary drugs and a poor track record over the past four decades has experts pointing out the shortcomings of the “modern” and “clinical” practice used in most states that still carry out capital punishment.
If signed into law, Idaho’s bill could impact the state’s eight current death row inmates and possibly the future of student stabbings suspect Bryan Kohberger.
He could face death if convicted of any one of four first-degree murder charges he faces in the November deaths of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin or Xana Kernodle.
“The firing squad is the quickest, surest and most error-free and the only technique for which we have skilled and trained professionals,” says Fordham Law School professor Deborah Denno, a leading expert on the death penalty in the United States.
Denno, who has studied execution methods for decades, said lethal injection procedures are in a “sorry state” even today, decades after the process became an option in the early 1980s.
“Within the past few years, we’ve had three people survive lethal injection executions when they were supposed to die,” she told Fox News Digital.
“And this is after over two hours of people trying to kill them and the state basically saying, ‘You’ve got to stop.'”
Executioners have had trouble accessing the veins, drugs are scarce and other things can go wrong …