Man Who Built Electric Chair for Thursday Execution Had No Engineering Credentials


Deborah Denno was quoted in an ABA Journal article about the execution by electric chair of murderer Edmund Zagorski.

Deborah Denno, a professor at the Fordham University School of Law, wrote in a law review article that Leuchter was a self-taught device-maker with a history degree. In a 1991 consent decree, he acknowledged he has never been registered as a professional engineer, although he represented himself as an engineer to the states.


Denno told AP that the most qualified people often are reluctant to be involved in executions, and Leuchter filled a void. Even after states stopped contracting with Leuchter, they still asked him for help “because they literally had no one else to go to,” she said.

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