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Mississippi considers firing squad as method of execution

Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs. Republican Rep. Andy Gipson says House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits by “liberal, left-wing radicals.” The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and moves to the Senate. Lethal injection is Mississippi’s ...

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Bill: Alter Mississippi execution methods to sidestep suits

Mississippi — facing repeated court challenges to lethal injection and the difficulty of finding drugs — could start looking at alternative ways to carry out the death penalty. A state House committee on Thursday approved legislation to explicitly legalize the drugs Mississippi currently plans to use to execute death row inmates. The bill also calls for other methods of execution ...

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Mississippi could debate firing squad as execution method

  JACKSON — Mississippi’s attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections. States are struggling to obtain execution drugs since European pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products for lethal injections. Executions are ...

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Terrorist acts now carry the death penalty with new law

JACKSON — Acts of terrorism will be added to the list of crimes in Mississippi that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2223 this past week. It takes effect July 1. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed while certain other felonies are ...

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New bill makes terrorism punishable by death

JACKSON — Mississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. “The governor intends to sign this public safety measure,” Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman, Mick Bullock, told The Associated Press. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed while certain other ...

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