Use Of Electric Chair Challenged Again In Florida

1997

During the electric chair execution of Allen Davis, blood flows from his nose, prompting the next inmate scheduled to die, Thomas Provenzano, to again challenge the electric chair as “cruel and unusual” punishment. In September 1999, the Florida Supreme Court again rejects the challenge, although it does rule that the electric chair should not remain the sole method of execution in the state, and that the choice of lethal injection should be offered to inmates. In 2000 the Florida legislature will pass a law that allows condemned prisoners to choose.