Sen­tenced to death by ‘ rock­ing chair’

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THE Yank state of Ken­tucky hopes to “re­store con­fi­dence in the death penalty” with a new ex­e­cu­tion de­vice nick­named the “elec­tric rock­ing chair”.

Ken­tucky “re­tired” the elec­tric chair in 1998 and now uses lethal in­jec­tion – the pre­ferred method in most US states.

But with a short­age of the drugs used in the lethal in­jec­tion cock­tail and con­tro­versy over whether the in­jec­tion is con­sti­tu­tional, Ken­tucky is re­vis­it­ing the chair – nick­named ‘ Old Sparky’.

De­sign­ers have come up with a re­place­ment for the old- fash­ioned woodan­dleather- straps chair which is de­scribed as “stylish and er­gonomic”.

A source at the Ken­tucky Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions said: “This chair is as com­fort­able as my old grand­pappy’s rock­ing chair.”

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