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Apr 6, 2023

Arizona Supreme Court rejects bid to reschedule execution

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court declined Wednesday to reschedule an execution initially set for this week that looked unlikely to be carried out after Gov. Katie Hobbs’ office said the state wasn’t prepared to enforce the death penalty. In an order, the court rejected setting a May 1 execution date for prisoner Aaron […]

Apr 15, 2022

Lawsuit over South Carolina execution methods can go forward

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought by four death row inmates challenging South Carolina’s execution methods can move forward as the state attempts to carry out its first execution in more than a decade. Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman agreed to a request by the prisoners’ lawyers to closely examine […]

Apr 11, 2022

Inmate asks judges to halt firing squad or electrocution

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina inmate set to die either by a firing squad or in the electric chair later this month is asking the state Supreme Court to halt his execution until judges can determine if either method is cruel and unusual punishment. Richard Bernard Moore is set to die April 29 unless […]

Mar 21, 2022

Firing-squad executions get the greenlight in South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs. The state Corrections Department said Friday that renovations have been completed on the death chamber in […]

May 17, 2021

New law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause. South Carolina had been one […]

Feb 12, 2021

S.C. lawmakers look at electric chair as sole execution method

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the electric chair the default execution method for death row inmates in the state. A House subcommittee advanced Thursday legislation that requires death row prisoners to be electrocuted if lethal injection is not available as an option. Currently, death row prisoners who […]

Dec 1, 2020

SC delays execution, citing lack of lethal injection drugs

By MICHELLE LIU Associated Press/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of a death row prisoner after corrections officials said they couldn’t obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs in time. Richard Bernard Moore had been scheduled to be put to death on Friday. The court […]

Mar 3, 2020

State lawmakers mull electric chair as only option for condemned

South Carolina once had one of the county’s highest rates of execution, even putting two prisoners to death in one night. But now the state hasn’t executed a prisoner in nine years and currently lacks the drugs to carry out lethal injections for any of the 37 inmates on the state’s death row. Some lawmakers […]

Jun 12, 2018

Contract – Jury’s mistaken execution finding upheld

The district court’s full jury instructions on mutual assent were a correct statement of Virginia law and not in error. Background Appellants Knox Energy LLC and Consol Energy Inc. filed this action seeking declaratory judgment that a drilling contract with Gasco Drilling Inc. was unenforceable. Consol contended that there was no meeting of the minds […]

Mar 8, 2018

South Carolina Senate empowers state to use electric chair

COLUMBIA (AP) After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead. South Carolina law has empowered residents of death row to make a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair since 1995, so the lack of drugs enabled […]

Feb 6, 2018

SC advances bill to use electrocution if drugs not available

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation to shield the identities of companies that sell lethal injection drugs – and, if the state somehow remains unable to buy the pharmaceuticals, to permit execution by electrocution. Both proposals, which now move to the Senate floor for debate, are intended as remedies to […]

Jan 31, 2018

Ready, aim, fire

  First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe is ready to bring back the firing squad. Pascoe, who is based in Orangeburg, told the Charleston Post & Courier that he supported executing defendants by fusillade, after former death row defendant John Weik was given a reprieve. Weik’s life was spared because South Carolina, like many states, doesn’t […]

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