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Federal judge backs firing squads, guillotine for executions

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 23/04/2017 TERENCE CULLEN

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski looks on during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Judges with the Ninth testified before the committee about the restructuring of that court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski looks on during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Judges with the Ninth testified before the committee about the restructuring of that court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A controversial federal judge thinks firing squads and guillotines should come back in style as the debate over executions in Arkansas rages on.

Ninth Circuit Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski, in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” set to air Sunday, said conducting lethal injections is a sham that masks that fact that people are getting killed.

“The use of lethal injection is the way of lying to ourselves, to make it look like executions are peaceful, benign ... like going to sleep,” said Kozinski, who isn’t involved in the Arkansas proceedings. “And they’re not. They’re brutal things.”

So then what? Kozinski said the act should match the punishment.

Kozinski has waded into other controversies. - Stephen B. Thornton/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Kozinski has waded into other controversies. - Stephen B. Thornton/AP When interviewer Lesley Stahl mentions that Kozinski favors death by firing squad, the longtime justice quips: “Never fails.”

Then she brings up his support of the guillotine — a late-18th century device that chops off the head.

“Well, you know, it’s 100% effective,” Kozinski said of the device made famous for beheading aristocrats during the French Revolution. “And it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing. If we as a society are willing to take away human life, we should be willing to watch it.”

Arkansas on Thursday night carried out its first execution since 2005. The state beat back multiple appeals against its plan to execute eight death row inmates over an 11-day period — before a key drug it used for the lethal injects expired.

The appeals made it to the Supreme Court, which blocked to requests and paved the way for the first wave of planned executions.

This isn’t the first hot topic Kozinski has waded into.

He wrote a dissent against the ninth circuit’s decision to block President Trump’s first travel ban on a handful of Muslim-majority countries.

Kozinski’s opinion issued in March that lambasted the court for citing Trump’s campaign statements that promised a Muslim ban, according to Politico.

"This St. Bernard is being wagged by a flea on its tail," Kozinski wrote.

In 2008 the Los Angeles-based judge had to recuse himself in the trail against fetish filmmaker Ira Isaacs, who was facing obscenity charges.

Kozinski, a President Reagan appointee, turned out to have a personal website featuring renderings of naked women depicted as cows and masturbation.

The judge defended a few of the smut pieces as “funny,” and didn’t realize the public could see them.

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