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Utah inmate fighting firing squad

A federal judge in Utah has decided to hear a petition for a stay of execution from a death row inmate set to die by firing squad this week.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Tena Campbell set a hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Ronnie Lee Gardner wants his Friday execution stayed for a civil rights lawsuit he filed last week that alleges a commutation hearing held by the Utah Board and Pardons and Parole was tainted.

The parole board denied the 49-year-old's bid for clemency Monday.

Gardner was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1985 for the fatal courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell during an escape attempt.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Death Penalty , Updates  
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Firing squad huh?

Cool...put it on HBO

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It took 25 years to carry out the sentence? The guy alleges a commutation hearing held by the Utah Board and Pardons and Parole was tainted. He says his civil rights were violated. I'm pretty sure that he didn't attend the commutation hearing so why is he saying it was tainted?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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