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There was consternation and outrage amongst prisoner’s rights campaigners last night as news emerged that a condemned man at The Indiana State Prison had been left in standby mode for 10 minutes just prior to his execution in the electric chair while the executioner went to the toilet.
Prison governor, Jim Garfield, 63, told reporters. “While it’s true that a death row inmate was left with a small, energy-saving amount of current running through him while one of my officers took a comfort break, he was in no real danger and I’m satisfied that his human rights were not breached in any way”.
The officer concerned, Hal Bernstein, 34, defended his actions saying “Yes I left the inmate with roughly a third of the lethal voltage passing through him, but I was absolutely touching cloth and I didn’t want to keep the state witnesses waiting in the viewing bay with nothing to look at while I took a dump. It’s not as if I let the sonofabitch off or anything”
This is not the first time there has been a Death House controversy at this particular correctional facility. In 1987, the Governor was censured for attaching jump cables to the ears of a condemned man and boost charging his car battery during the execution of the 23-year-old murderer and rapist from Fort Wayne.