Botched execution could renew 'cruel' challenges

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FILE - A noose hangs in the execution chamber at the Caldwell Parish Courthouse in Columbia, La., in this July 31, 2001 file photo. The primary method in U.S. states through the 19th century. If done correctly, an inmate's neck breaks instantly upon the body's drop, but it can also lead to prolonged strangulation. Three inmates have hanged in the country since 1976, and the method is still an option in New Hampshire and Washington. (AP Photo/The News-Star, Margaret Croft, File)