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  Electric chair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The electric chair is a method for killing people, particularly for judicial executions, in which the person to be killed is strapped to a chair (thus the name) and electrocuted using electrodes placed on the body, one being on the head.
The electric chair is an alternate form of execution approved for potential use in Illinois and Oklahoma if other forms of execution are found unconstitutional in the state at the time of execution.
Brown was an employee of Thomas Edison, hired for the purpose of researching electrocution and for the development of the electric chair.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Electric chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The electric chair is one method of execution used when a capital crime trial results in conviction and the sentence of death is recommended by a jury or approved by the presiding judge.
The electric chair is currently an optional form of execution in the U.S. states of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia, and the sole method of execution in Nebraska (the former four states allow the prisoner to choose lethal injection as an alternative method).
The electric chair has come under criticism because of several instances in which victims were not instantly killed, but had to be subjected to multiple electric shocks, leading to a call for ending of the practice because many see it as cruel and unusual punishment.
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 Electric chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The electric chair was a device commonly used for the execution of convicted criminals during the 20thcentury in the United States of America.
The experiments apparently had their intended effects and the AC electric chair was adopted by the committee in 1889.
The electric chair has come under criticism because of several instances in which victims were not instantly killed, but hadto be subjected to multiple electric shocks, leading to a call for ending of the practice because many see it as cruel and unusual punishment.
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 USATODAY.com - Critics condemn electric chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The chair, America's preferred method of execution for most of the past century, is coming under increasing attack from opponents and supporters of capital punishment.
The electric chair was called a humane alternative to hanging when it was developed in the 1880s.
The electric chair was first used in a prison in Auburn, N.Y., to dispatch William Kemmler of Buffalo in 1890.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2001/09/07/electric-chair.htm   (948 words)

 The electric chair
The chairs were solid constructions made from oak and each had two electrodes, one for the head and one for the lower back.
The electric chair was not used at all in 2001, although John Byrd had elected it in Ohio to protest against what he claimed was the cruelty of capital punishment.
Florida had a new oak chair built in 1998 to replace the original one built in 1923.(see picture) Attorneys acting for Allen Lee Davis claimed that state Department of Corrections documents show the chair may be operating with "obsolete breakers" and outdated electrical components that it was proposed to replace in April 1999.
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Every photo of an electric chair that I've seen before, other than this one, has has a back that is high enough to serve as a head restraint.
If it was used as a functioning electric chair, the fact that the current is directed through the condemn's arms indicates that it would have to have been built during the decade of experimentation, ending in 1900.
The exhibit was a recreation of the execution of Ruth Snyder who, along with her lover Judd Gray, were electrocuted in the Sing Sing electric chair on Jan. 12, 1928 for murdering her husband.
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 Electric chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Brown was an employee of Thomas Edison 's hired for the purpose of researching electrocution and for the development of the chair.
This led to a refinement modern electric chairs: they were padded and with automatic car-style seat belts.
The electric chair has come under criticism of several instances in which victims were instantly killed but had to be subjected multiple electric shocks leading to a call ending of the practice because many see as cruel and unusual punishment.
www.freeglossary.com /Electric_chair   (1141 words)

 Electric Chair - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Electric Chair, specially constructed chair, used mainly in the United States, into which convicted criminals are strapped prior to electrocution.
In 2000 the legislature changed the method of administering the death penalty in the state from electrocution to lethal injection, for all those who...
- sentence of death by electrocution: a sentence of death by electrocution in an electric chair
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 Press Release: Newly-constructed Electric Chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The electric chair is made of oak and was constructed by Corrections Department personnel in 1998.
It should be noted that the only aspect of the current electric chair that is new is the wooden structure of the chair itself.
Media questions about the electric chair, the execution process, Death Row or the Department of Corrections should be directed to the public affairs office at (850) 488-0420.
www.dc.state.fl.us /secretary/press/1999/elechair.html   (189 words)

 ipedia.com: Electric chair Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The electric chair was also used, for a time, in the Philippines.
Neither Edison nor Westinghouse wanted their electrical system to be chosen because they feared that consumers would not want the same type of electricity used to kill criminals in their homes.
As of 2004, the only places in the world still having the electric chair as an option are the U.S. states of Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
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 1907: The electric chair
Then in 1907, New Jersey first installed the electric chair, latching onto a newfangled and still somewhat scary technology that the state’s own Thomas Edison was popularizing.
For the next 56 years, the electric chair was the last destination for murderers and gangsters in Trenton prison’s death house — most notably among them, Bruno Hauptmann, the convicted killer of the Lindbergh baby.
In 1980, thelong-dormant death chair was moved from storage into a new prison museum at the Department of Correction on Stuyvesant Avenue in Ewing.
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 Chair Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A chair is a piece of furniture consisting of a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person.
A footrest for a chair is known as an ottoman, hassock or poof.
A chair mounted in a vehicle or in a theatre is simply called a seat.
www.electric-chair.info   (86 words)

 CNN - Florida's first execution in new electric chair turns bloody - July 8, 1999
Florida is one of four states that use the electric chair for executions.
The oak framework of the three-legged chair is new, the electrical apparatus is not.
That older chair was returned to use a year later after state courts dismissed legal challenges that its use was cruel and unusual punishment.
www.cnn.com /US/9907/08/florida.execution/index.html   (697 words)

 CNN - Judge: Florida's electric chair not unconstitutional - August 2, 1999
MIAMI (CNN) -- A Florida judge ruled Monday that the use of the state's electric chair, dubbed "Old Sparky," does not constitute "cruel or unusual punishment" and can continue to be used -- despite the bloody execution of a 344-pound inmate last month.
"Execution by electrocution in Florida's electric chair as it exists in its present condition does not constitute cruel or unusual punishment, and therefore is not unconstitutional," Johnson said Monday in a 33-page ruling.
The electrical equipment installed in 1960 was the same used in 1998 to carry out four executions in a nine-day period.
www.cnn.com /US/9908/02/florida.electric.chair/index.html   (520 words)

 SCHR - Electric chair
The Center helped bring an end to Georgia’s use of the electric chair, one of the enduring symbols of the discrimination and harshness of the southern justice system.
Georgia was one of only three states, including Alabama and Nebraska, which used the electric chair as the exclusive method of execution for some people facing the death penalty.
At the hearings, the Center presented testimony by an electrical engineer, a doctor who specializes in the physiology of pain, and audio tapes of the execution of two people whose executions in Georgia's electric chair were botched.
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 Electric Chair - Gothic and Punk clothes and accessories, footwear, Shoes 'n' Boots, band tees and baby clothes. ...
The Electric Chair began as Sunline Surfboards in 1980, with the Electric Chair opening in 1983.
Originally an experiment in the punk rock scene of the early '80's, the Electric Chair quickly dominated the scene, setting the standard for years to come.
With the growth of the alternative and independant industries throughout the 80's and 90's, the Electric Chair expanded over the years into our current location in Huntington Beach, California, and up until 1990 had a store in Long Beach, California as well.
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 The Shocking Truth About Electrocution
Plans to use the electric chair until more humane methods were available was abandoned when it was discovered that the Philippines' electric chair had been destroyed by a typhoon.
In 1984 the electric chair was overhauled by an "engineer" from Massachusetts, Fred Leuchter, who also aided the defendants in preparing their current execution protocol.
Leuchter, it is believed, overhauled Kentucky's electric chair in 1984 and gave technical assistance to the Defendants in the formation of their protocol for execution.
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In the early days, however, the proponents of the use of electricity as a means of death had to prove that it was indeed the most proficient manner of execution.
Chair inventor Harold Brown had applied for the chair's patent and, thus, set out on an campaign to prove its efficiency.
Legislature last session substituting life imprisonment for the electric chair as a punishment for murderers, but it was lost by the wayside.
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 State: Speaker praises guards, supports electric chair
Lawyers for Thomas H. Provenzano, who is scheduled to die in the electric chair Sept. 14, have asked the Supreme Court to outlaw the chair on the grounds that it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual.
Questions about the chair surfaced last month after Davis suffered a nosebleed while being executed and his chest heaved repeatedly after the current was shut off.
Unless the courts overturn the use of the chair, Thrasher said, he does not expect any death penalty legislation to win approval in the coming year.
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 The Electric Chair
The story of the electric chair is complicated, improbable, and obscure.
William Kemmler, the first man to be executed in the electric chair, has passed quietly into history, as has the crime for which he was condemned.
To most, the electric chair is merely a fact of life, a means to an end only notable to the extent to which it enters into one’s opinion on capital punishment.
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 Electric Chair Cook Book - Last Suppers Of The Southern Fried - Recipes To Die For   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Deliciously macabre, Electric Chair Cookbook politicizes the culinary world with a venture away from low-carb consciousness to the gut-bombing, electrifying satisfaction of what you would eat if this were your last meal, not to mention the gut-wrenching question of whether you'd deserve to be put to death afterwards....
electric chair) humor, final words of the about-to-be-executed, and "Music To Die To", Electric Chair Cookbook is a real culinary treasure ranging from down-home Southern cooking to Backwoods game to fine gourmet cuisine.
Be you right-wing or left-wing, whether you're cooking or you're on the menu heading for "Ol' Sparky", you'll find Electric Chair Cookbook your dietary guide of choice for that meal where you throw caution to the wind and eat as though for you there is no tomorrow - whether there is...
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 Electric Chair
The electric chair is a great prop that we we added in 2000.
If you are not in the military like me, and have a place to store your chair, you don't have to use bolts in the chair's construction.
This was was then put through the slot in the chair seat, to the drill/motor for animation.
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 Electric Chair
Among the bleakest of the "Death and Disaster" images, Warhol's Electric Chairs appeared at the very moment when Americans were hotly debating the morality of the death penalty.
Political resistance was particularly strong in New York State, where in August 1963 Sing Sing's electric chair was at last retired.
The artist based his painting on a photo of an empty electric chair in a deserted prison chamber.
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 Death Row Fact Sheet - Florida Department of Corrections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Florida administers executions by lethal injection or electric chair at the execution chamber located at Florida State Prison.
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.
www.dc.state.fl.us /oth/deathrow   (1047 words)

 USATODAY.com - Ga. high court strikes down use of electric chair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court struck down the state's use of the electric chair Friday, saying electrocution violates the state constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
The ruling leaves just two states with the electric chair as the sole method of execution, Alabama and Nebraska.
The long-awaited decision was a victory for lawyers who three months ago used the graphic photograph of a recently electrocuted prisoner to support their arguments that the electric chair is inhumane.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2001/10/05/ga-chair.htm   (649 words)

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