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No Public Last Words For Condemned

Corrections officials said Tuesday they won't allow any media to interview Ronnie Lee Gardner in prison before he is scheduled to be put to death -- a departure from past practices. Gardner's defense attorney and free speech advocates criticized the move. A Department of Corrections letter sent to media said allowing such interviews would "defeat the legislative intent in eliminating the firing squad as a way to limit the attention that is focused on the condemned, while victims are forgotten." Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Patterson told The Salt Lake Tribune he is also concerned about the risks Gardner poses because of his two prison escapes and disruptive behavior behind bars/Sheena McFarland, Salt Lake Tribune. More here. (AP File Photo)

Question: Do you support this departure from routine policy that allows the media to interview a condemned person? After all, a book was written re: Gary Gilmore, the last person to be executed by a firing squad.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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