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Virginia Governor Has Hours to Decide on Return of Compulsory Electric Chair

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The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has until midnight on Sunday to decide whether to bring back the electric chair as a compulsory method of execution.


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Phyllis P (232)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 4:28 pm
Should the Democratic governor sign the bill currently sitting on his desk, the Virginia department of corrections would be empowered to kill condemned prisoners using a contraption known macabrely in the state as “Old Sparky”.

Should McAuliffe abstain tonight from doing anything, the law will come into effect on 1 July – only his active veto would stop it.

As a final twist in the governor’s decision, the first inmate who might be killed by electrocution under the new law is a man, Ivan Teleguz, with a highly credible claim to innocence.

The decision confronting the governor is a fraught one, given the dark track record of the electric chair in Virginia’s racially skewed history. The chair was first used in 1908 to kill a black man convicted of the rape of a white woman. Since then, 217 of the 267 people who have died by electrocution have been African American.

Animae C (508)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 5:58 pm
"217 of the 267 people who have died by electrocution have been African American."

BARBARIC!!! It MUST be banned everywhere!
Disgusting to see Hillary doesn't oppose executions!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 6:10 pm
oh please say no. This is why we need to do away with the death penalty AniMae, it's another form of racism in my mind. African Americans are less in population but when it comes to throwing them in prison or ending their life there are plenty in the count. Legalized lynchings in my mind.


MmAway M (520)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 9:03 pm

Would adore to use "OLE SPARKY" to treat ANIMAL ABUSERS!

Too many criminals alive IMHO. Not saying they are in JAIL....CAUSE they are all running free, BUT I do NOT believe in keeping "PROVEN KILLERS" ALIVE PERIOD. Don't believe in using tax payers $$$ to save KILLERS. VERY FEW are proven innocent and most are still ruling the WORLD!

Suzanne L (89)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 9:30 pm
Very bizarre and unnecessary even if states want to continue with the death penalty.

Beryl L (78)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 9:37 pm
so many differing opinions on this one. ~~~ Just remember "opinions are like assholes, everybody has one" Ole Sparky not only "fries" human beings, but it involves paid off cops , greedy, stupid DA's and Judges who are racially biased also filthy fisted lawyers who suck at defending the rights of many peoples.
Man has no right to murder another because a law says so. burn the chairs and stop it!

Rose B (141)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 10:16 pm
Ban The death penalty as it isn't not a deterrent

Mandi T (367)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 10:17 pm
TY for posting Phyllis

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 10, 2016, 11:29 pm
Hope the right decision is made+that's to forget the chair. The Death Penalty should be abolished nationwide. It's primitive+very costly plus it's anything but reliable. Too many innocent have been killed. thx Phyllis

Sherri G (128)
Monday April 11, 2016, 12:04 am
Just shoot me. A firing squad has 5 people with real bullets and one who has a blank. None of them know who has the blank. I think my odds are pretty good when 5 of the 6 are aiming to kill me that they will get it right the first time I agree sparky is good for animal abusers but the fastest and least costly way to get rid of pedophiles, rapists, serial killers, and the worst of the worst should be efficient and fast. Not twenty years down the road. Animal abusers and killers are cowards that deserve old sparky. TY Phyllis, Noted

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday April 11, 2016, 2:41 am
Has America gone mad? I don't believe in capital punishment, it should be abolished worldwide. We did away with it years ago (Australia) It has never been a deterrent for anything, and by all accounts it costs more to execute a prisoner than to keep him in prison for life (long, drawn-out process of appeals, etc) No sense in it at all, it's state-sanctioned murder, nothing more. The electric chair? The mind boggles. if you'd ever seen it in action, you would never condone it.

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 11, 2016, 4:48 am
No electric chair please! Nimue says it all. Thanks.

Lona G (66)
Monday April 11, 2016, 5:58 am
It takes a special frame of mind, I guess, to never admit to have taken the wrong turn somewhere or acknowledge that times have changed, but to even go down the inhumane path even further if you don't get things your way. As Nimue has put excellently forward, the Western world has abolished the death penalty decades ago, with the exception of America that is, and refuses to be part of executions any longer. That is why European pharmaceutical companies have stopped supplying the drugs used in executions some time ago which led to a number of botched and horrendous executions and now to reconsidering the use of the electric chair, the firing squad or worse. Sadly states are opting for even more inhuman methods instead of thinking about the whole issue of capital punishment, realizing it is always inhumane to take a life as a punishment even (we're not talking about euthanasia or suicide here), and stop executing people altogether.

I won't even go into taking the wrong life, the costs of the death penalty, the immense bias towards black people, or the particular country that clings to capital punishment. It doesn't matter if it's America, China, Saudi Arabia or any other country; capital punishment should be abolished everywhere.

Shirley S (187)
Monday April 11, 2016, 7:36 am
Burn all electric chairs! Far too many innocent people have died from wrong judgements.

Barbara Y (47)
Monday April 11, 2016, 8:34 am
Noted! TY Phyllis.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday April 11, 2016, 12:00 pm
Thou shall not kill, right in God's 10 commandments! Only God can take a life as he gave it to every being! All others are murders punishable by laws! Thanks Phyllis.

Janet B (0)
Monday April 11, 2016, 12:56 pm

Beth M (138)
Monday April 11, 2016, 1:12 pm
This is my state. The electric chair will not be used. Personally, I would rather have them sit in jail for the rest of their lives.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday April 11, 2016, 1:23 pm
Good ole sparky.

Ĺucia A (16)
Monday April 11, 2016, 2:11 pm
They should ban death penalty all over the world. Noted and shared. Thank you!

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday April 11, 2016, 7:11 pm
Noted. Thanks, Phyllis.
I would like to see a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty. As a country, we need to completely end all executions. Far too many innocent people have been unjustly murdered simply because they did not have the money for a good lawyer. And, many were 'railroaded.'

Past Member (0)
Monday April 11, 2016, 8:55 pm
Maybe the governor wouldn't mind testing know, just to see if it's working properly.

Karen L. Lew (1)
Monday April 11, 2016, 11:53 pm
I don't want my tax dollars, my country, funding murder for any reason.

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 3:38 am
I'm against capitel punishment.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 5:29 am
The only way out?

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 8:15 am
Why should he? The prison's are getting so full with "what if" people. Who is funding all these "what if" people with more rights than you or me? The taxpayers of course.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 11:24 am

TomCat S (124)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 12:26 pm
As a prison volunteer, I work with two men whose sentences were commuted from death to life without possibility of parole. They have dedicated their lives to helping other prisoners learn from their mistakes. I have no doubt that crimes have been prevented and lives has been saved, because the state did not get to murder them by lethal injection.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 3:02 pm
Thanks for sharing

Diane K (134)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 3:21 pm
Hard to even look at the chair. Shouldn't have to hear of that horror. thx

Raleigh k (358)
Tuesday April 12, 2016, 9:46 pm

Sandra Penna (135)
Wednesday April 13, 2016, 8:36 am
"217 of the 267 people who have died by electrocution have been African American."
I'm speechless :, (

Doris F (19)
Wednesday April 13, 2016, 8:37 am
leave it in the past, tyfs

Winn A (179)
Thursday April 14, 2016, 6:20 am
Noted :-(

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday April 14, 2016, 7:59 am
Noted, thanks.

Lenore K (0)
Thursday April 14, 2016, 2:49 pm

marie T (163)
Thursday April 14, 2016, 3:58 pm
I wish we had some kind of capital punishment in UK for animal and children abusers I would vote for them immediately
No hardship for a paedophile to sit in prison reliving the atrocities they commit towards animals and children quite happily. Most start off with animals then move on to children. Electric chair hanging just get them off the face of the earth I am not interested where they come from what color or religion eradicate them Nowadays DNA is so advanced mistakes rarely happen if ever

Phyllis P (232)
Thursday April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm
He decided against bringing it back.

Roro l (0)
Saturday April 16, 2016, 2:20 am
Thank you

Janet B (0)
Saturday April 16, 2016, 8:08 am
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