Commentary: With firing squad, South Carolina is trying to return to its barbaric past

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The Charlotte Observer

South Carolina officials want to shoot Richard Moore to death because in 1999 the now 57-year-old shot and killed Nikki Speedy Mart clerk James Mahoney. They settled on that method after forcing Moore to decide between a firing squad or the state’s 110-year-old electric chair. In short, South Carolina wants to commit murder to punish a man it convicted of murder relegated to death row for the past 21 years. There’s no other honest way to describe what South Carolina is trying to do as it revamps its infrastructure of death to return the state to its barbaric past. The state is acting like a fa…

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