Trump’s Plan to Revive the Gallows, Electric Chair, Gas Chamber, and Firing Squad Recalls a Hideous History

Austin Sarat The authorization of additional execution methods sends a message about the lengths the Trump administration will go to kill as many death row inmates as possible before…

Austin Sarat
The authorization of additional execution methods sends a message about the lengths the Trump administration will go to kill as many death row inmates as possible before Joe Biden takes office and, as expected, halts the federal death penalty. 
Jim Wilde (L) and his son Wilson view the electric chair nicknamed "Old Sparky" on display at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas on December 7, 2002. The chair, in service from 1924 through 1964, was used to execute 361 prisoners. (Photo: Paul Buck/AFP via Getty Images)

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