Talk About Your Deterrence

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STARKE, Florida: Witnesses were horrified when Florida's electric chair apparently malfunctioned Tuesday, causing condemned killer Pedro Medina to burst into flames during his execution. Although Governor Lawton Chiles was apologetic, his attorney general didnít hesitate to make law-and-order points out of the disaster. "People who wish to commit murder, they better not do it in the state of Florida," Bob Butterworth told reporters, "because we may have a problem with our electric chair." A subdued Chiles said that Florida, one of five states that still uses electrocution to execute criminals, may consider switching to lethal injection.