The Act amends state law on the death penalty by providing a different method of execution for capital crimes committed on or after May 1, 2000. Execution of these defendants will be performed by lethal injection instead of electrocution. If either the United State Supreme Court or the Supreme Court of Georgia declares that electrocution is unconstitutional, defendants who were sentenced to death for crimes that were committed before May 1, 2000 will be executed by lethal injection. The Act further provides that the state will not require physicians to participate in the execution of a death sentence by lethal injection.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Sentence and Punishment: Change Method of Executing Individuals Convicted of Capital Crimes from Electrocution to Legal Injection,
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