Lawmaker Calls for Return of the Electric Chair, Firing Squads

Rep. Brad Drake wants to end the use of lethal injection.

A Florida state lawmaker is calling for a return to the electric chair and firing squads for those sitting on the state's Death Row.

Rep. Brad Drake this week filed a bill that would end the use of lethal injection. Instead those with a death sentence could choose between electrocution or a firing squad.

Drake, R-Eucheeanna, said the idea came to him after having a conversation at a DeFuniak Springs Waffle House over the legal battles associated with the September execution of Manuel Valle.

Valle's lawyers tried to stop the execution by arguing that a new drug cocktail would cause him pain and therefore be cruel and unusual punishment.

Florida switched to lethal injection after problems with electrocutions raised concerns that the state's death penalty would be declared unconstitutional.

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