In 1946, the electric chair failed to ki …

Electric-chairIn 1946, the electric chair failed to kill Willie Francis, who subsequently filed suit claiming that he had been executed even though he did not die, and should be a free man based on ‘double jeopardy’ laws in the 5th amendment. A case was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, with lawyers for the condemned arguing that although Francis did not die, he had, in fact, been executed. The argument was rejected on the basis that re-execution did not violate the double jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution, and Francis later went to the electric chair again and was successfully executed in 1947.

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