Electric chair to return in Tennessee

| May 23, 2014

This is certainly going to induce wave of nostalgia in some folks. As long as the state sanctions capital punishment, however, there always will be questions about how humane and how efficient methods of execution will be.

While some might have thought the recent fiasco with drug cocktails used for state sanctioned executions would make folks rethink their stance on the death penalty, we wonder how many thought the result would be to bring back older forms of execution.

Tennessee ready to bring back electric chair

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.

Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the electric chair legislation in April, with the Senate voting 23-3 and the House 68-13 in favor of the bill.

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