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Thu Jul 3, 2014, 02:38 PM

5 things to know about Tennessee's electric chair

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Source: Associated Press

5 things to know about Tennessee's electric chair
By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | July 3, 2014 | Updated: July 3, 2014 12:21pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A law took effect this week in Tennessee making it the first U.S. state to have the option of executing death row inmates with the electric chair if drugs for lethal injections are not available. Billy Ray Irick, who was convicted of murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting in 1985, is the next Tennessee death row inmate scheduled to be executed, on Oct. 7. Corrections officials have said they have no lethal injection drugs on hand but are confident they can obtain them when needed. Here are five things to know about the state's electric chair:

THE RETURN OF 'OLD SPARKY'

Tennessee is one of several states to nickname its electric chair 'Old Sparky.' The chair was built out of the gallows used by the state before it abolished hangings in 1913. A replacement chair was built in 1989, but it kept the old wooden back legs. The original chair that was retired after 125 electrocutions is now on display at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum in Gatlinburg, while the new chair is stored in the state's execution chamber in Nashville alongside the lethal injection equipment.

CHAIR REVISIONS

Fred Leuchter, the Massachusetts man who rebuilt Tennessee's electric chair in 1989, has taken issue with subsequent decreases in the voltage and duration of the jolts, arguing that they make it more likely for the inmate to feel pain and to "cook the executee and boil his blood." But Leuchter said his concerns have been ignored because of statements he's made in the past claiming historians have inflated the number of Holocaust victims during World War II.

MOST RECENT ELECTROCUTION

The last person to be electrocuted in Tennessee was convicted child killer Daryl Holton who in 2007 chose to die via the electric chair. The state's medical examiner later found that Holton suffered minor burns on his head and legs, but had no signs of severe burning, disfigurement or other major injuries that had occurred in some other electrocutions around the country. Under previous law, death row inmates convicted before lethal injection was introduced in 1999 could choose to die by electrocution.


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Reply 5 things to know about Tennessee's electric chair (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jul 2014 OP
enlightenment Jul 2014 #1
Bickle Jul 2014 #2
Judi Lynn Jul 2014 #6
Orrex Jul 2014 #3
Judi Lynn Jul 2014 #5
heaven05 Jul 2014 #4
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 02:52 PM

1. Bob Considine,

on the death of Ethel Rosenberg:

She died a lot harder. When it appeared that she had received enough electricity to kill an ordinary person and had received the exact amount that had killed her husband, the doctors went over and pulled down the cheap prison dress, a little dark green printed job, and placed the stethoscope—I can’t say it—placed the stethoscopes to her and then looked around and looked at each other, rather dumbfounded, and seemed surprised that she was not dead. Believing she was dead, the attendants had taken off the ghastly strappings and electrodes and the black belts and so forth. These had to be readjusted again, and she was given more electricity, which started again a kind of a ghastly plume of smoke that rose from her head and went up against the skylight overhead. After two more of those jolts, Ethel Rosenberg had met a maker she’ll have a lot of explaining to do to.




There is no humane way to end the life of another - the death penalty should be abolished.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 03:16 PM

2. Well, I'm pretty sure

A cannon would do it, pointed directly at the head a few inches away. Definitely more humane and definitive.

The way I see it is this: If you're wrong, you can never fix it, and were wrong a lot. If you're right, it's too easy on them. Either way, it's SIMOKY bunk based in a religious notion of vengeance. Dead people are dead, and do not suffer.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 04:41 PM

6. Never knew this. Thanks for making time to post it. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 03:26 PM

3. Ghastly. Here's some additional info on Fred Leuchter

Capital punishment is a barbaric and ghastly practice. Curious that states have chosen Leuchter as an expert.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 04:35 PM

5. Good grief! How is it he's running around loose? He should be in a straight jacket.

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It tells so much about the people in charge there if they have even spoken to this creature.

Thank you so much for providing the information on this "expert" of theirs.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 03:39 PM

4. what do you want to bet

 

this 'option' will be unfairly applied when it comes to the races being executed. Say ten years down the road the records are checked by race. I'd bet my bottom dollar they either will be skewed to cover someones ass or the truth will out that I am/was correct. Given amerika today, I bet the farm.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 3, 2014, 04:54 PM

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