TEXAS: Bring Back Old Sparky

The tall-backed electric chair in Texas' Huntsville Prison has gathered a fine coating of dust since it was last used in 1965. About 100 men sit on death rows throughout the state, restlessly awaiting the outcome of their legal appeals. If thousands of Texans had their draconian way, the prisoners would not have to wait much longer.

After three Dallas police officers were found systematically murdered recently, the Greater Dallas Crime Commission, a businessmen's organization, launched an advertising campaign aimed, among other things, at throwing the fear of death into murderers by resuming capital punishment, which is still legal in...

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