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This Day in Georgia History

October 05, 2001

Electric Chair Deemed Cruel and Unusual

The Georgia Supreme Court overturned use of the electric chair to execute prisoners sentenced to death. In the case of Adams v. Georgia Department of Corrections, the court upheld a trial court’s decision that death by electrocution was unconstitutional because it resulted in cruel and unusual punishment.

To view an image of Georgia’s electric chair in 1972, see the Digital Library of Georgia.