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Bills that could bring back electric chair in SC headed to House, Senate floors

Bills that could bring back electric chair in SC headed to House, Senate floors
Due to a lethal injection drug shortage, South Carolina does not currently have the ability to carry out executions in which offenders choose to die by injection.

Under the bills, offenders would still be given the choice between lethal injection or electrocution, but if the drugs needed to perform a lethal injection were not available, the death penalty would be carried out by electrocution.Micah Caskey, R-Lexington, reminded the committee that the death penalty is for the most severe offenders.“I raise that point not simply to put a dour note on today’s proceedings, but to remind us all that the death penalty exists for the guilty,” Caskey said.Opponents of the bill stood against it largely because they are against the death penalty.

They argued that people can be wrongfully convicted and the choice try to secure the death penalty is up to individual solicitors, who may not apply that choice evenly across the state.“It was said that the death penalty exists for the guilty, and in theory it’s true,” Bamberg said.

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