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Utah ordered to hand over execution documents

Utah ordered to hand over execution documents



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State Corrections officials have been ordered to turn over documents on how they conduct executions.

The records are being sought by a public defender for Ron Lafferty who was condemned to death for the grisly 1984 slayings of his sister-in-law and infant niece over a religious revelation.

The state Records Committee told the Department of Corrections to turn over certain records on Thursday. A state attorney says he might appeal the decision because of the sensitivity of executions.

The documents cover a number of practices, from the way the state picks executioners to any performance reviews they receive afterward, and procedures for lethal injection. The state doesn't have to release training manuals or the executioners' personnel files.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson is reviewing the constitutionality of Lafferty's state conviction and death sentence. Lafferty has selected a firing squad over lethal injection if he is executed.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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