March 12, 2015 1:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]If they could, they’d probably vote to force the calendar to go backwards.

The vote came just days after a majority Utah’s legislature approved a bill to bring back the practice of executing people by firing squad. Other states are debating the merits of using gas chambers.

After the European Union banned exports of drugs used to kill human beings in 2011, states have been scrambling to find a reliable supply, often turning to secret, poorly regulated sources.

These bills to revive older methods of execution were proposed following a series ofbotched executions in which inmates suffered long and seemingly painful deaths — calling into question whether the drugs are as effective and “humane” as their supporters claimed.

Yet medical experts say the electric chair — which was used for hundreds of years — is an even more torturous and gruesome method of execution. Because the equipment is old and few people know how to operate it, it has often malfunctioned.

In 1982, an inmate’s head and leg caught on fire mid-execution, producing the “odor and sizzling sound of burning flesh.” A 1983 execution in Alabama “took 14 minutes and left Evans’s body charred and smoldering.” In 1990 in Virginia, “blood spewed from the right side of the mask” on the inmate’s face, drenching his shirt with blood and causing a sizzling sound as blood dripped from his lips.” The man “continued to moan before a second jolt of electricity was applied.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

14 responses to Alabama House Votes To Bring Back Electric Chair

  1. mrbigstuff March 12th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Let’s start with the traitors in Congress by the time they get to the 47th Republican traitor the chair should be flawless

  2. Carla Akins March 12th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Who here hasn’t seen the Green Mile?

    • whatthe46 March 12th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      i was thinking of that as i read the article. what’s wrong with people.

      • fahvel March 13th, 2015 at 4:51 am

        they are people.

    • FatRat March 12th, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Green Mile: The most disturbing execution ever

      • fahvel March 13th, 2015 at 4:51 am

        yuck – which execution did you like? They are all state sanctioned murder, whether in a movie or the real thing – disgusting!!

        • FatRat March 13th, 2015 at 10:59 am

          Not pro death penalty. But if I were, I’d like to go out like Arthur Jarrett did in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – Death. (smile)

          WARNING – don’t click if you find female nudity offensive.

          Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – Death

    • tiredoftea March 12th, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      I think that those guys just got around to watching it and thought that, as long as Percy wasn’t around anymore, things should go really well.

  3. Long Tom March 12th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    And, in education news, the Alabama Board of Education has mandated the use of the abacus in all mathematics classes.

    • Larry Schmitt March 12th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Until they decide they’d rather use the funds to buy more police equipment, then they’ll tell the students to count on their fingers and toes.

  4. Dwendt44 March 12th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    To repost my comment that disappeared, why not use a ‘hot shot’ of heroin. Plenty of that around every large police dept. storage building.

  5. Warman1138 March 12th, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’m surprised they didn’t bring back ”stake burning”, it’s the same difference…..medieval.

  6. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker March 12th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The republican state of Utah just passed a new law legalizing firing squads and now another red state brings back the chair all just in case they need alternatives to lethal drugs. My, these ‘pro-life’ rightwingers sure love to kill don’t they?

  7. fahvel March 13th, 2015 at 4:49 am

    what’ difference does it make if you live in a society that’s willing to execute its citizens? throw em out of a chopper the good old american way?, etc. Dead’s dead. and there is no way to ever ever say oops and apologize.