NAACP Questions Paragould Lt. Governor Candidate's 1995 Hanging Proposal

JUNE 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas NAACP is expressing concern that a candidate for lieutenant governor once advocated a return to public hangings.

Tim Wooldridge (D-Paragould) is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to the post in the June 13 primary runoff.

As a state legislator in 1995, Wooldridge proposed a bill that would allow the hanging of convicts on courthouse lawns as an alternative to electrocution or lethal injection.

Wooldridge, a state senator from Paragould, has said he regrets proposing the bill and would not propose legislation like it again.

But NAACP President Dale Charles says he wants to know what Wooldridge thinks about the issue today.

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