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Friday, June 18, 2010

Utah reveals its savage side

The state of Utah executed a man last night by firing squad, a method so savage that even in the 19th century the constitutionality of the method was being challenged. In a 21st century twist, the Attorney General of Utah announced the execution on Twitter.

For those wondering why Utah allows this method while no other state does, there is a bit of Mormon theology involved. "Blood atonement", in LDS theology, means that unless blood is shed a condemned person cannot properly atone for their crimes and be redeemed in the next life.

This YouTube video shows a quiet, yet chilling view of the execution chamber following the event (the victim's body is not shown).

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