From 1897-1963 the electric chair was put into use. It's nickname, Old Sparky.
June 29, 1972 U.S. Supreme Court overturns the death penalty due to application concerns. The 65 prisoners on Death Row in Ohio had their sentences reduced to life. Then in 1974 Ohio re-established the Death Penalty mandating its use for certain crimes. But then by 1978 the law was ruled unconstitutional and all on death row had their sentences reduced to life.
1981- Death penalty was re-instated using the electric chair
1993- Lethal injection is added as an option and by 1994 voters decide to shorten the appeal time for convicted murderers and by 1995 voters amend the Ohio Constitution, limiting the Governor’s authority in providing clemency.
In 2001, Governor Taft signed a bill eliminating the use of the electric chair and now executions are solely done by lethal injection.
I suppose there are many states that have a similar history. Whatever discomfort the convict endures in any execution is but a matter of minutes. Their victims often endured hours, days and sometimes months of pain and suffering before their lives were taken from them.
Last edited by vesper; 01-05-14 at 07:33 AM.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
There isn't even much someone can even say to you at that point