On Monday Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Governor had that he wouldn’t sign a bill that’s passed by the legislature, ordering executions by electric chair when the lethal-injection drugs aren’t available.
The Gov. recommended that instead the state prison officials be permitted to purchase the lethal drugs for executions on emergency basis, with the identities of pharmacies providing drugs to be kept secret.
“These alterations deliver a valid path forward to continue VA’s capital punishment policy,” tweeted McAuliffe.
“Our citizens share my concerns and don’t wish to be forced into using this terrible form of punishment,” he said in reference to the electric chair.
The Corrections Department officials said that the lethal-injection drugs have become hard to obtain with the drug companies increasingly reluctant to sell them because they don’t want to be connected with the death penalty.
Last week around 300 religious leaders of the United States had urged the Governor of Virginia to veto the bill, naming it a “barbarous relic” in an open letter.
Terry McAuliffe, who is a Democrat, told the reporters on Monday that if he vetoed the electric-chair bill it would fundamentally shut down the capital punishment in Virginia, & the Republican-dominated legislature would’ve to accept his alterations to this bill.
The Lawmakers reunite on 20th April to consider Gov.’s vetoes and suggestions.
The electric-chair subject had created a controversy over whether it constitutes cruel & unusual punishment.
Presently, the state law gives sentenced inmates the choice between the electric chair & injection. Unless an inmate picks the electric chair, the state’s only choice is the lethal injection.
Virginia, last year acquired vials of pentobarbital from Texas to execute Alfredo Prieto for murder.
This year, 2 executions were planned in Virginia but each of the, led to a stay in the federal court & no executions are at this time scheduled.
The Virginia Department of Corrections in Jan said it didn’t have enough of specific drug to carry out a lethal-injection execution that had been scheduled for last month of Ricky Javon Gray.
The 39-year-old Gray was convicted of the New Year’s Day murders of Bryan Harvey (49 years old), Kathryn (39 years old); and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella, and a 4-year-old Ruby, 4 in Richmond in 2006.