Skip to comments.Firing-squad executions get the greenlight in South Carolina
Posted on 03/18/2022 3:28:57 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law l ast year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs.
The state Corrections Department said Friday that renovations have been completed on the death chamber in Columbia and that the agency had notified Attorney General Alan Wilson that it was able to carry out a firing-squad execution.
Lawmakers set about tweaking state law to get around the lethal injection drug situation. Legislation that went into effect in May made the electric chair the state’s primary means of execution while giving inmates the option of choosing death by firing squad or lethal injection, if those methods are available.
During South Carolina’s lengthy debate, Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian — a prosecutor-turned-criminal-defense lawyer — introduced the firing squad option. He argued that it presented “the least painful” execution method available.
State officials also have created protocols for carrying out the executions. The three shooters, all volunteers who are employees of the Corrections Department, will have rifles loaded with live ammunition, with their weapons trained on the inmate’s heart.
A hood will be placed over the head of the inmate, who will be given the opportunity to make a last statement.
According to officials, Corrections spent $53,600 on the renovations.
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Why does it take an entire squad?!
I wonder if they will use a “conscience round”. Though with only 3 shooters, probably not.
To hide who actually kills the prisoner.
Why not a robot? Why a squad of men?
Really. Tell him they’re microphones and test the system. ;P
They already have combination liquor store, fireworks and pornography emporiums.
Shooting ranges where you get to plink the condemned would fit right in.
“He argued that it presented “the least painful” execution method available.”
I suppose that’s the case as long as the executioner shoots straight.
Why don’t they just use Fentanyl?
Cheap, readily available, and quick.
So that no one can single out the executioner.
Michael Jackson was abusing fentanyl for several years before it killed him. What if the convict on death row fails to die and gets addicted to fentanyl? Are you willing to pay for his treatment?
So, who’s the first customer and when?
What caliber will they use?
you willing to pay for his treatment?
Sure...if the treatment is more fetanyl...
They couldn't afford a battalion?
The victims family members should be allowed in the firing squad.
And one of the guns shoots a blank. No one knows which one. I can't wait for the day they give Hillary her blindfold and last cigarette.
“...the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs.”
So now, you get lead poisoning. Brilliant!
I can’t wait for the day they give Hillary her blindfold and last cigarette.
I’m pretty sure she’s not a “smoker”.
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