Death sentence by decapitation, and in USA?


US firing squad usage

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So many stories circulate around the Internet and blogs that appear to be pure rubbish, sorting truth from fiction is difficult.

When I saw this story I almost deleted it, then noticed a reference to a Georgia House Bill that I could research.  Much to my surprise I found the information alarming, disgusting and nauseating the story had factual basis.

I have frequently written about human organ harvesting and black market sale of body parts, coroners who steal bones, teeth and tissue without permission of the family; doctors who arrange for a so-called brain-dead patient to be quickly removed from life support once family members sign permission for their loved one’s organs to be donated.

But this is story is one for the history books.

Georgia House of Representatives – 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 1274 – Death penalty; guillotine provisions

HB 1274                                            LC 21 3643

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT

  1- 1  To amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official
  1- 2  Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty
  1- 3  generally, so as to provide a statement of legislative
  1- 4  policy; to provide for death by guillotine; to provide for
  1- 5  applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other
  1- 6  purposes.

1- 7       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.

1- 8  The General Assembly finds that while prisoners condemned to
1- 9  death may wish to donate one or more of their organs for
1-10  transplant, any such desire is thwarted by the fact that
1-11  electrocution makes all such organs unsuitable for
1-12  transplant. The intent of the General Assembly in enacting
1-13  this legislation is to provide for a method of execution
1-14  which is compatible with the donation of organs by a
1-15  condemned prisoner.

SECTION 2.

1-16  Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of
1-17  Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty generally,
1-18  is amended by striking in its entirety Code Section
1-19  17-10-38, relating to death sentences generally, and
1-20  inserting in lieu thereof the following:

1-21    “17-10-38. (Index)

1-22    (a) All persons who have been convicted of a capital
1-23    offense and have had imposed upon them a sentence of death
1-24    shall, at the election of the condemned, suffer such
1-25    punishment either by electrocution or by guillotine.  If
1-26    the condemned fails to make an election by the thirtieth
1-27    day preceding the date scheduled for execution, punishment
1-28    shall be by electrocution.

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT

1- 1  To amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official
1- 2  Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty
1- 3  generally, so as to provide a statement of legislative
1- 4  policy; to provide for death by guillotine; to provide for
1- 5  applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other
1- 6  purposes.

1- 7       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.

1- 8  The General Assembly finds that while prisoners condemned to
  1- 9  death may wish to donate one or more of their organs for
  1-10  transplant, any such desire is thwarted by the fact that
  1-11  electrocution makes all such organs unsuitable for
  1-12  transplant. The intent of the General Assembly in enacting
  1-13  this legislation is to provide for a method of execution
  1-14  which is compatible with the donation of organs by a
  1-15  condemned prisoner.

SECTION 2.

1-16  Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of
1-17  Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty generally,
1-18  is amended by striking in its entirety Code Section
1-19  17-10-38, relating to death sentences generally, and
1-20  inserting in lieu thereof the following:

1-21    “17-10-38. (Index)

(Emphasis by editor)

The most startling is the statement:  “electrocution makes all such organs unsuitable for transplant. The intent of the General Assembly in enacting this legislation is to provide for a method of execution which is compatible with the donation of organs by a condemned prisoner”.

There are horror stories of China executing prisoners by firing squad on demand when there is a patient waiting for their body parts. But, here in America!

HB 1274 originated in 1995 – 1996 and was read twice.

Reports of mass purchases of guillotines by Georgia and possibly Montana – could these stories be true?

8 responses to this post.

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  2. This sounds like a fairy tale. What country are we living in?

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  3. Stranger than strange, but very scary.

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  4. Reblogged this on The Matter of Life and Death and commented:

    When the horrible becomes reality. This is beyond horrible.

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