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US state brings back electric chair

As much of the United States debates the use of lethal injections against a backdrop of drug scarcity and botched executions, Tennessee has found an alternative – the electric chair. The state’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam, has approved a law allowing Tennessee to electrocute death row inmates if prisons lack the correct drugs. These have become increasingly difficult to obtain because of a European-led boycott on drug sales for executions. Tennessee has become the first US state to reintroduce the electric chair as an execution method without giving the doomed prisoner an option, according to Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre, which opposes…