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Is electrocution humane?

A former Army counterintelligence officer who became obsessed with an adult escort he met on the Internet was executed by electrocution Tuesday night for killing a young couple in Prince William County in 2001 to impress and help the woman. Read more.

This begs the question: should electrocution still be an option? Weigh in below.

By Jodi Westrick  |  November 18, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As long as lethal injection is given as an option, I don't see why any alternate form of execution should be denied (provided the cost to the state is nil). Firing squad, hanging, gas chamber - it doesn't matter - if the inmate wants to die that way, why not?

Posted by: reiflame1 | November 18, 2009 12:34 PM

No more electrocution?

No, more electrocution!

Posted by: enogabal | November 18, 2009 3:03 PM

Another silly poll. Why debate whether it should be an option (presumably on whether the method is cruel & unusual), when the inmate literally had his choice of method, and consciously opted for electrocution?

Posted by: Comunista | November 18, 2009 3:09 PM

If we're going to continue to grant the power over a prisoners' life or death to our states, then yes, electrocution can be an option. I'm just not sure what the benefit of the death penalty is to society, however? Is it punishment?
There are people who have done as bad or worse things than this who will languish in prison without the possibility of parole for the remainder of their lives...
One way or another (death or life in prison), there is a price our society pays and a toll extracted on those who carry out the sentence. What about the guy who was doing his job by pushing the "execute" button? How would I feel if that were my job? I'm not sure I could find a rationale to do it that I could live with.
I believe that the death penalty extracts too great a toll on the rest of us. Even if we agree that whoever is being executed deserves it.

Posted by: dschalton | November 18, 2009 7:09 PM

Gee, if revenge is a dish best served cold, then I guess execution by electrocution doesn't qualify.

Posted by: AnnArborGuy | November 18, 2009 7:20 PM

No other western industrialized country still uses judicial homicide.

Our practice of killing prisoners puts us in strange company: China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the USA led the world in number of annual executions, followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Is this really the kind of company -- morally speaking -- that we want to keep?

Posted by: DupontJay | November 18, 2009 8:11 PM

Yes, comunista is right.

The question is an option for whom? Where the prisoner can choose, why shouldn't it be an option?

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | November 18, 2009 9:47 PM

I depends on who's getting electrocuted and for what reason.

Certainly serving in Iraq is not a reason to be electrocuted nor are Haliburton's outrageous profits reason to electrocute soldiers while showering.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/28/soldier.electrocutions/index.html

Posted by: rcubedkc | November 23, 2009 11:10 AM

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