COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A trial is starting in South Carolina where lawyers for death row prisoners are arguing the electric chair – as well as the newly established, but so far unused, firing squad – are cruel and unusual punishments.

South Carolina hasn’t executed anyone since 2011 because the state’s lethal injection drugs expired and pharmacies have refused to sell more.

The General Assembly passed a law in 2021 requiring condemned inmates to choose between electrocution or firing squad if the lethal injection drugs weren’t available.

Four prisoners sued either out or nearly out of appeals to their death sentences, and their execution dates were postponed.