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    Texas Executes Mexican Mafia Hitman Manuel Vasquez

    Texas Executes Killer Manuel Vasquez With One of Last Two Doses

    Texas used one of its two remaining doses of an execution drug to kill a Mexican Mafia hitman on Wednesday evening.

    Manuel Vasquez, 46, had been sentenced to die for the 1998 slaying of a woman who balked at paying a gang tax on drug sales.

    Vasquez, 46, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT (5:32 ET), 17 minutes after the drug began being administered, according to the Associated Press.

    Vasquez was the first of six death-row inmates slated for execution in the coming weeks, but the state only had enough pentobarbital for two of them.

    Officials say they are trying to obtain more of the drug, but a recent court decision that says the names of suppliers must be public could make that difficult. States around the country are facing drug shortages because manufacturers refuse to sell their chemicals for capital punishment.

    Utah has run out of drugs and lawmakers there approved a bill Tuesday night that would make firing squads the backup to lethal injection.

    Manuel Vasquez is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


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    We need to go back to hangings! It doesn't take a convict but seconds to die after the 'loop' is administered. Furthermore, I don't see a shortage of rope in the near future.

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    Utah Lawmakers Vote to Allow Firing Squad

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mar 11, 2015, 12:48 AM ET

    Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs.

    The passage of the bill by the state Senate on Tuesday comes as states struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs amid a nationwide shortage.

    The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, touted the measure as being a more humane form of execution. Ray argued that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections.

    The bill gives Utah options, he said. "We would love to get the lethal injection worked out so we can continue with that but if not, now we have a backup plan," Ray told The Associated Press.

    Opponents, however, said firing squads are a cruel holdover from the state's wild West days and will earn the state international condemnation. "I think Utah took a giant step backward," said Ralph Dellapiana, director of Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

    He called firing squads "a relic of a more barbaric past."

    Utah is one of several states to seek out new forms of capital punishment after a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year and one in Arizona that took nearly two hours for the condemned man to die. Legislation to allow firing squads has been introduced in Arkansas this year. In Wyoming, a measure to allow firing squads if the lethal drugs aren't available died. In Oklahoma, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the state to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

    Whether Ray's proposal will become law in Utah, a conservative state, is unclear: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, won't say if he'll sign the measure. His spokesman, Marty Carpenter, did issue a statement this week acknowledging that the method would give Utah a legitimate backup method if execution drugs are unavailable.

    Utah American Civil Liberties Union representative Anna Brower said the organization is still holding out hope that Herbert will not sign the bill. The legislation would make Utah "look backwards and backwoods," she said.

    The measure narrowly passed the House in February, where additional lawmakers had to be called in to break a tie vote. But it made it through the Senate on an 18-10 vote with no debate on Tuesday. Four Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the bill.

    Salt Lake City Democrat Gene Davis was the only one to speak. He said he was voting against the bill because it "only puts another alternative on the table" instead of doing away with executions altogether.

    Ray said he didn't expect much debate on the proposal because it seemed many lawmakers had made up their mind about the idea from the start. A few were persuaded to support it once they learned Utah law already calls for the state to revert to the firing squad if a court ever declares lethal injection unconstitutional, he said.

    The legislation would reinstate the use of firing squads more than a decade after the state abandoned the practice.

    The proposal keeps lethal injection as the primary method of execution, but it allows for the state to use firing squads if the state cannot obtain lethal injection drugs.

    States across the country have struggled to keep up their drug inventories as European manufacturers have refused to sell the lethal concoctions to prisons and corrections departments because of their opposition to the death penalty.

    Texas' supply will be used up if the state goes forward with two lethal injections in the next two weeks. The Texas deadline is the most imminent, but other states are struggling, as well.

    The head of Utah's prison system has said the state does not have any lethal injection drugs on hand and would have to obtain some in the years ahead if an execution were to be scheduled.

    States turning to alternative drugs have been faced with legal challenges from inmates, something Ray has said Utah could sidestep if it has a backup execution plan in place.

    Utah lawmakers, concerned about intense media attention, stopped offering inmates the choice of a death by firing squad in 2004. They said execution by firing squad attracted excessive media attention and took attention away from victims and put it on murderers instead

    A handful of inmates on Utah's death row were sentenced before the law changed and still have the option of going before a firing squad after their court appeals are exhausted.

    Utah's last execution was by a firing squad in 2010, when Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by five police officers with .30-caliber Winchester rifles. The state has carried out three executions by firing squad since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

    The first U.S. inmate executed after that ruling was Gary Gilmore, who was killed by firing squad in early 1977.

    The Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says a firing squad is not a foolproof execution method because the inmate could move or shooters could miss the heart, causing a slower, more painful death.

    One such case appears to have happened in Utah's territorial days back in 1879, when a firing squad missed Wallace Wilkerson's heart and it took him 27 minutes to die, according to newspaper accounts.


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    Authorized Methods of Execution

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    Method # of executions by method since 1976 # of states authorizing method Jurisdictions that Authorize
    Lethal Injection 1227 34 states + U.S. Military and U.S. Gov't Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,Connecticut*, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho,Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico*, North Carolina, Ohio,Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,Washington, Wyoming, U.S. Military, U.S. Government
    *New Mexico and Connecticut abolished the death penalty but their laws were not retroactive, leaving inmates on death row in each state.
    To find the drug protocols used by states, see State-by-State Lethal Injection.
    Electrocution 158 8 states (all have lethal injection as primary method). Tenn. would impose the electric chair if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky,[Oklahoma], South Carolina, Tennessee,Virginia
    Gas Chamber 11 4 states (all have lethal injection as primary method) Arizona, California, Missouri, [Wyoming]
    Hanging 3 3 states (all have lethal injection as primary method) Delaware, New Hampshire, Washington
    Firing Squad 3 2 states (all have lethal injection as primary method) [Oklahoma], Utah
    Utah no longer offers the firing squad as an option, but would allow it only for inmates who chose this method prior to its elimination .

    Oklahoma offers firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.
    NOTE: states in [brackets] authorize the listed method only if a current method is found unconstitutional (see state description, below, for more information).

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