On Monday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill making the firing squad the state’s method of execution if drugs for lethal injections are unavailable.
"The future is really moving towards abolishing death penalty and we're not gonna see other states seriously taking it up," Diann Rust-Tierney told Sputnik.
Rust-Tierney added that the Utah governor's decision is "a disappointment" and "a step backwards."
The bill was introduced in Utah as many US states have struggled to find the chemicals used in lethal cocktails. International pharmaceutical companies are wary of selling the chemicals for fear of being held legally liable while companies in the EU have been prohibited from exporting the main ingredients used in the injection cocktails.