Tennessee Brings Back Old “Sparky” … Gov. Bill Haslam Signs Bill Allowing Death Row Inmates to be Electrocuted in Lieu of Lethal Injection Drugs



Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill on Thursday that would allow the ‘Volunteer’ state to use the electric chair in lieu of lethal injection drugs to put an end to death row felons. A Vanderbilt University poll released this week found that 56% of registered voters in Tennessee support the use of the electric chair, while only 37% are against it.  Just because of the lack of production of lethal injection drugs does not mean that a death row inmate should he given a stay of execution … the show must go on! States have found themselves running out of drugs used to execute prisoners after a European-led and squishy libs boycotted drug sales to prisons. A note to liberals, there is always an alternative. Personally I am am a proponent of, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So, I am not sure why we retired the electric chair or the firing squads in the first place. There is no fear that there could be a violent reaction to the lethal drugs as was seen last month in Oklahoma. Its amazing just how lethal bullets are and what 2000 volts can do. And if you boycott them and Obama makes it energy too expensive with his war on coal, then we might just bring back hanging or borrow the Guillotine from the French.



Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that brings back the electric chair for inmates facing death sentences.

Now, inmates facing death don’t have a choice of how to die.

The state’s move comes in response to a nationwide shortage of drugs used to make the lethal injections that death-row inmates are normally given, CBS reported.

Lawmakers passed the bill in April by a massive margin: The Senate voted 23-3 and the House, 68-13, CBS reported.

Of course there are those that whine about how old sparky is cruel and unusual punishment for death row felons who have committed heinous and reprehensible crimes. Its all about the rights of the murderer rapist and victims be damned. Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to reintroduce the electric chair without giving prisoners an option. Much like the lack of options these criminals gave their victims, right? Isn’t it about time we start caring more about the rights that have been taken away from victims, rather than how a criminal feels?

With the governor’s signature, Tennessee becomes the first state to make it mandatory to use the electric chair when lethal injection drugs are unavailable, said Richard Dieter, the president of the Death Penalty Information Center.

“This is unusual and might be both cruel and unusual punishment,” he said.

“No state says what Tennessee says. This is forcing the inmate to use electrocution,” according to Dieter, who believes “the inmate would have an automatic Eighth Amendment challenge.”

The amendment protects against cruel and unusual punishment.

“The electric chair is clearly a brutal alternative,” Deiter said.

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Source: Vanderbilt Poll

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  • Comments

    One Response to “Tennessee Brings Back Old “Sparky” … Gov. Bill Haslam Signs Bill Allowing Death Row Inmates to be Electrocuted in Lieu of Lethal Injection Drugs”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on May 24th, 2014 12:05 pm

      The electric chair is the most expensive and takes the longest to cause death. The bullet is less or near the price of a dollar and if the marksman is good,death is almost instant.

      There is a onetime cost of a gallows and rope that is re-useable.

      The problem with the death penalty is the State allows the taxpayer to cover the cost of lawyers for appeal after appeal. It is often 20 years after the conviction that the sentence is carried out. Therefore, the death penalty has lost its fear factor that it should have to prevent crime.

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