Upset by problems with lethal injections, a Florida legislator has introduced a bill that would again focus attention on the use of the electric chair in the state, and give prisoners new options in choosing a firing squad also.
In the past year, lethal injections have been slowed by botched executions, the need to switch to a new "cocktail," and a drug company's refusal to ship chemicals.
Rep. Brad Drake said in a release, “So, I say let’s end the debate. We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead.” Florida has been the scene of some of the more notorious botched electric chair executions in the past.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Florida Rep Wants Return to "Old Sparky" and Firing Squad
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