New US law makes death row inmates choose electric chair or firing squad
A US governor has signed a new law forcing death row inmates to choose the electric chair or firing squad.
A US governor has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates, for now, to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes his state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.
Two inmates who have exhausted their appeals immediately sued, saying they can't be electrocuted or shot since they were sentenced under a prior law that made lethal injection the default execution method.
South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.