Electric chair could make a comeback in South Carolina as lawmakers advance bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill that would make the electric chair the default method of execution in South Carolina took its first steps Thursday to becoming law. The bill, aimed at combating a nationwide shortage in lethal injection drugs, was advanced by a subcommittee of lawmakers by a vote of 3-2 down party lines, with Republicans voting in favor. Under current South Carolina law, lethal injection is the default mode of execution, but inmates can choose death by electrocution instead. If inmates choose lethal injection, the state cannot force them to die by means of electrocution. Under the bill,…

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