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Thu., March 19, 1998

The last time Florida’s 75-year-old electric chair was used, nearly a year ago, it spit flames out of an improperly prepared headpiece, sparking outrage from opponents of capital punishment. But, bolstered by a 4-3 ruling in the state Supreme Court, the Florida senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to keep electrocution as the state’s method of execution. The vote came just five days before confessed serial killer Gerald Stano is scheduled to die in the three-legged oak chair. Of the 38 states with capital punishment, only five besides Florida require the electric chair: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Tennessee.


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