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Arkansas attorney general hopeful calls for return of electric chair

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 30, 2014 at 1:59 p.m.

— The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections.

One of them said the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

David Sterling, one of three Republicans running for attorney general, says he thinks the state should look to electrocution to carry out the death penalty while the state's lethal injection law remains in limbo.

Sterling is running against Leslie Rutledge and Patricia Nation for the GOP nomination. State Rep. Nate Steel is the only Democrat running for the post.

Arkansas hasn't used electrocution to carry out the death penalty since 1990.

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mhck52 says... March 30, 2014 at 3:07 p.m.

To make tree-huggers happy we could hook it to a solar panel and give new meaning to the phrase "slow burn."

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gjo1957 says... March 30, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

The guillotine is much quicker and painless! At least no one has ever complained...

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nwar says... March 30, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

Seems like the Arkansas GOP is recruiting in low places. What's next, drawing and quartering?

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Packman says... March 30, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

@nwr - Just like a lib to close their mind when considering alternatives to problems purely out of a sense of political correctness. Typical lib.

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nwar says... March 30, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.

Gee Dude, I didn't know that electrocution was political correctness?????????? Didn't know that torture was a "conservative value." I stand corrected.

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HM2 says... March 30, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

nwar; no to the draw and quartering someone would have to clean up the mess. but how about good old fashioned hanging? If done right, it's painless, the neck breaks end of problem. and while we're at it, invite all the victims gang banger wanna be's buddies to witness the show.

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Nodmcm says... March 30, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

From the tenor of the discussion, the question is not whether to return far into the past, but rather how far back in time to travel. It seems a wild-west-style is preferred, with everyone toting at least pistols, and with public hangings at the square. The question really is just how far to go back in time, to a "better place."

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Gunrunner says... March 31, 2014 at 12:50 a.m.

When you at what most death row inmates have done no form of punishment we have ever used is comparable to the cruelty they have inflicted.

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beachbandit says... March 31, 2014 at 5:23 a.m.

He gets my vote! Better yet, Tall tree with a short rope

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GCW says... March 31, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.

Stoning.

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