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Tortured to death by The People of the State Of Florida,
by order of
Governor 'JEB' Bush.

           
Above photo's of Allen Lee Davis ("Tiny")  after he was brutally tortured
to death in Florida's electric chair on July 8, 1999.


  " And the eyes of the world are watching now . . ."

THE HISTORY OF THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
" Dr. J Mount Bleyer, who invented the electric chair, and through whose efforts this more humane method of killing
murderers was substituted by law for the gallows, is one of the strongest advocates
of the total abolition of the death penalty. "
-  New York World - Sunday November 25, 1906  

 
  Burnt to death at the stake in the 21st century ?

"Old Sparky" Florida 
The three-legged electric chair was constructed from oak by Department of Corrections personnel in 1998
and was installed at Florida State Prison (FSP) in Starke in 1999. The previous chair was made by inmates from oak in 1923
after the Florida Legislature designated electrocution as the official mode of execution.
(Prior to that executions were carried out by counties, usually by hanging.)
The apparatus that administers the electric current to the condemned inmate was not changed.
Officials say it is regularly tested to ensure proper functioning.


The Last Person Executed in Alabama's Electric Chair

Lynda Lyon Block - Executed May 10, 2002 in Alabama
She becomes the 1st woman executed in Alabama in 45 years, and the last person ever to be executed by Electrocution in the state.
Alabama has since enacted legislation, allowing
death by lethal injection as an alternative choice to death in the electric chair.



Botched Executions Since Capital Punishment was re-instated


Florida Botches Lethal Injection of Bennie Demps - June 7, 2000
    Minutes before his execution, Demps said technicians had cut him in the
    groin and leg and that he was "bleeding profusely." An observer from the 
    State Attorney's Office saw " a large bore needle mark in the right groin..."


Florida gives the option of Lethal Injection

Department of Corrections Statement on the Special Session of the Legislature
TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Corrections is awaiting the outcome of the legislative special session in January
before proceeding to implement any method of execution other than electrocution.

DOC does not have a plan, protocol or proposal to carry out the death penalty other than by electrocution.
DOC officials, under the previous administration, have observed executions by lethal injection in other states.
However, no plans were developed in Florida as a result of those observations.
We are confident the electric chair has functioned properly in previous executions and will function properly if used again.
We are also prepared to develop a plan to enforce whatever law is passed by the Legislature that specifies a method of execution other than electrocution.
Any such plan will be devised in full consultation and with the approval of the Governor's Office,
but only after a different method of execution becomes law. The state of Florida is now making allowances for inmates to chose Lethal Injection
over Electrocution as a result of court challenge's to the electric chair constitutionality after the execution of Allen 'Tiny' Davis.
See the Florida Supreme court site for more info:
http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/deathrow/drorder.html

"FLORIDA'S ELECTRIC CHAIR IN ITS PRESENT CONDITION CONSTITUTES CRUEL AND/OR UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT AND ITS
USE FOR EXECUTION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT DOES NOT RESULT IN INSTANT DEATH,
CREATES A RISK OF PAIN, AND INFLICTS SEVERE MUTILATION ON THE BODY OF THE CONDEMNED PRISONER "

- from FL Supreme court site

"FLORIDA'S CURRENT USE OF JUDICIAL ELECTROCUTION AS ITS SOLE METHOD OF EXECUTION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
BECAUSE IT VIOLATES THE EVOLVING STANDARDS OF DECENCY THAT MARK THE PROGRESS OF A MATURING SOCIETY."

- from FL Supreme court site




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