Firing squad and electric chair executions are ‘torture’, US judge rules

A US judge has ruled carrying out executions by electric chair or firing squad are unconstitutional and amount to “torture”.

Lawyers for four inmates in South Carolina who took legal action against the state, had argued prisoners would feel terrible pain whether their bodies were “cooking” by electricity or when their heart was stopped by a marksman’s bullet – assuming they are on target.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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