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Religious Leaders Urge McAuliffe to Veto Electric Chair Bill

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Religious leaders are urging Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that would allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair.
    
Three hundred faith leaders from Virginia and across the county said in a statement Thursday that the electric chair is a "barbarous relic" that kills inmates with "unspeakable cruelty." They say they have a "moral responsibility" to preserve all lives, even those whose actions they "deplore."
    
The Democratic governor has refused to say whether he will sign the measure. The state has struggled to find enough drugs for executions amid a nationwide shortage.
    
Virginia is one of at least eight states that allow electrocutions, but currently gives inmates the choice of lethal injection or the electric chair.

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