Supreme Court OKs electric chair
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled March 2 that the state's electric chair is constitutional, despite evidence that suggests several Georgia executions have been botched.
The 6-1 ruling was made against Daniel Colwell, who killed a husband and wife outside an Americus Wal-Mart just so he could be electrocuted.
Colwell's attorney Mike Mears had urged the justices to look at autopsies of more than 20 electrocuted inmates, some of whom didn't die during the chair's first cycle of volts.
Mears has been trying for a decade to convince the Supreme Court that electrocution is arcane, barbaric, cruel and unusual. He had hoped Colwell's case would be the one the court used to outlaw electrocution. Only three states — Georgia, Nebraska and Alabama — continue to mandate death by electrocution.
The justices have hinted in the past year that they are willing to rule electrocution unconstitutional, should the right evidence be laid before them.