Death Penalty

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Catholic Church parishioners in Utah are being urged by the Salt Lake City Diocese to join a push to repeal the death penalty in Utah during the next legislative session.

Death Penalty Doesn't Get Final House Debate

Mar 10, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A debate over whether or not to halt the death penalty in Utah ended without lawmakers acting on legislation as time ran out on the last day of the 2016 general session.

Brian Grimmett

In the next 24 hours the Utah House will debate a bill to repeal the death penalty in Utah, but one lawmaker has a plan to change the bill entirely.

Death Penalty Repeal Moves to Full House

Mar 8, 2016

The full Utah House will get the opportunity to debate repealing the death penalty after a house committee narrowly voted to send it forward.

View From The Gallery: Week 6

Mar 4, 2016

Week six of the Utah Legislature was full of lawmakers making curious decisions. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the recap in this week’s View From the Gallery

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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.

Utah Senate Votes In Favor Of Ending Death Penalty

Mar 1, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A bill doing away with the Death Penalty in Utah has cleared its first hurdle in the Utah Senate.

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Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, says capital punishment makes sense in theory, but its true costs are prompting him to question whether the state should continue executing criminals. His Senate Bill 189 would abolish the death penalty for future capital cases.

A Senate panel was poised Tuesday to begin discussing abolishing the death penalty in Utah.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, SB 189, would eliminate the punishment after nine convicts currently on Utah’s Death Row are executed.

Jean Hill, who represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, says she doesn’t expect the legislation to pass this year but hopes it’s the beginning of a conversation.

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Governor Gary Herbert shifted much of the blame for Utah’s Medicaid expansion stalemate on inherent flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

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The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Death Row prisoners to continue being executed by lethal injection. It’s a case that’s been watched in Utah, where the use of firing squads is a backup method of execution.

Should Child Sex Traffickers Be Put to Death?

May 26, 2015

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, is drafting legislation that, if passed, would punish child traffickers with the death penalty.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Death penalty opponent and Roman Catholic nun Helen Prejean was in Salt Lake City for a public lecture Tuesday evening at Westminster College. The author of “Dead Man Walking” also met with students for a luncheon.

Lawmakers in Utah Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that would allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are not available. It now heads to Governor Gary Herbert for his approval. 

Firing Squad Bill Passes First Hurdle in the Senate

Mar 5, 2015
Brian Grimmett

A bill that would bring back the firing squad as an execution option for inmates on death row moved through its first hurdle in the Utah Senate Thursday.

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  House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Friday to expand the state’s authority to use firing squads for executions.

Utah Lawmakers Consider Bringing Back the Firing Squad

Nov 19, 2014
Brian Grimmett

A legislative committee has given its approval to a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for inmates on death row.

The drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail are manufactured by a European company that is refusing to sell it to Utah and other states. Rep. Paul Ray, R - Clearfield, says his proposed bill making the firing squad a fall back option is a preventative measure in case the state does not have or cannot buy the drugs the next time they need them.

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A Utah legislator plans to run a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for Utah inmates sentenced to death. Since 2004 Utah inmates sentenced to death have had only one option for their execution: death by lethal injection. But Republican Representative Paul Ray says that could soon pose an issue for the state as it is becoming harder to obtain the specific drugs needed to create the injection and any new formula could be challenged in court.