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South Carolina Senate approves death penalty for firing squad and electric chair – Prime Time Zone

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Voting approved the use of means of execution if the state does not have access to drugs that are part of the lethal injection, which had a difficult distribution in the United States

Belle Aungst/Creative CommonsConvicts will need to choose between electric chair and firing squad

The Senate of South Carolina, U.S U.S, approved last Tuesday, 2, a bill that lists firing squads and electric chairs as options for the death penalty in the state. In all, the project received 32 votes in favor and 11 votes against. Now, he must go to the House of Representatives and, if passed, could be sanctioned by Governor Henry McMaster. At first, the bill, submitted by Republican lawmakers, suggested only the return of the electric chair as an option for those convicted if lethal injections were not available. A change suggested by Democratic Senator Dick Harpootlian introduced the firing option, which, according to him, would be “more human than the electric chair”.

The difficulty in obtaining lethal drugs to be applied to those sentenced to death was one of the reasons why the law was proposed. In December, one of the convicts, Richard Moore, refused to be executed for electric shock after South Carolina failed to obtain permission to purchase the lethal drugs. The senators who support the bill argue that it is not about hardening the penalties imposed in the state, but about forcing the federal unit to obtain lethal injection drugs with less bureaucracy and continuing procedures as they should be applied. The state, one of the few that still accepts the sentence in the U.S., has 37 people on death row and has not applied the sentence to prisoners in 10 years.

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