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Court halts South Carolina executions over lack of firing squad

On Monday, June 14, 2021, Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens filed a notice of appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Getty Images/iStockphoto

By Jesse O’Neill

New York Post

Two convicted murderers on death row in South Carolina got a new lease on life Wednesday when the state’s high court ruled their upcoming executions would be illegal until firing squads are available — an antiquated practice that was legalized last month.

The South Carolina Supreme Court halted the deaths after lawyers for the inmates argued their planned death by electrocution is cruel and unusual under the state’s revised capital punishment law, which allows prisoners to choose to be killed by a firing squad if lethal drugs aren’t available.

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