New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Jim Varney writes, "Louisiana should kill the electric chair's return."
The criminal justice committee of the Louisiana legislature was scheduled Wednesday to hear House Bill 328 this week. Filed by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, the bill would "expand the execution options" available to Louisiana.
Put another way, it would bring back the electric chair.
The hearing was postponed, but as of late Wednesday the plan was to reschedule it.
Lopinto insists he is not offering the bill because he favors frying people. Instead, the proposed law came in response to the unseemly scramble Louisiana (and other states) have gone through trying to buy the poison used in lethal injections.
The Times-Picayune reports, "House committee approves bill to expand death penalty,"by Julia O'Donoghue.
The House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice approved a bill that would let district attorneys automatically seek the death penalty for people accused of murdering prison or jail employees. The legislation could broaden the number of cases for which capital punishment is an option.
The bill: The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, who said he has many correctional facility employees in his district. Havard essentially wants to treat the murder of a correctional facility employee the same as the murder of a police officer.
"House panel backs expansion of death penalty," is the Baton Rouge Advocate report by Michelle Millhollon.
A Louisiana House committee voted 14-1 Wednesday in favor of advancing legislation that would expand the application of the death penalty.
Under House Bill 278, the killing of a prison worker would become a capital crime. First degree murder already covers the deaths of firemen, peace officers, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory civilian employees, taxi drivers, young children and the elderly.