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Jul 24, 2014 4:14 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge says the nation's third lethal injection execution in six months to go awry underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

In an interview Thursday, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said lethal injection was a dishonest attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment.

Kozinski first wrote of his distaste for lethal injection on Monday even while arguing against delaying the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood III in Phoenix. Wood gasped for breath for 90-minutes and took nearly two hours to die Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection for killing his estranged girlfriend and her father.

Kozinski said properly trained firing squads are a foolproof" way to quickly execute an inmate and avoid complications surrounding lethal injection.

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