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New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

Federal Executions
Posted at 1:50 AM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 01:50:48-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way for other methods like firing squads and poison gas.

The amended rule, published Friday in the Federal Register, allows the U.S. government to conduct executions by lethal injection or use “any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence was imposed.”

A number of states allow other methods of execution.

It remains unclear whether the Justice Department will seek to use any methods other than lethal injection for upcoming executions.