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Utah official gives execution go-ahead, then tweets

• Yahoo! News blog

Friday morning's execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad seemed like a punishment straight out of the 19th century. But the mode of communication used to announce Gardner's impending death was strictly 21st century: Twitter.

"I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution," wrote Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff just after midnight on his Twitter feed.  "May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims."

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Concerned Patriot
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Why does everyone talk about his execution like it was some barbaric act?

He wanted a firing squad to execute him he requested it.

Comment by Ed Price
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Guillotine is better, maybe best.

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