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Firing Squad

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Four Tennessee death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of capital punishment in their state are asking a federal judge to allow them to bypass lethal injections or the electric chair in favor of another method: death by firing squad.

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Republican Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters says a new ruling from the Catholic Church stating the death penalty is always inadmissible hasn't changed his stance that it is sometimes necessary. 

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Republican Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is frustrated with death penalty appeals, so he wants to use firing squads to execute condemned criminals.  

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Attorneys for a death row inmate who argues he is too ill to be executed by lethal injection has suggested the firing squad instead.