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For the first time in years, proponents and opponents of the death penalty have something in common to rally against: a new toy doll strapped to an old-fashioned electric chair that shouts, “That’s the best you can do, you pansies?”

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So far 65,000 of the Death Row Marv dolls have been sold nationwide since the toys debut in June, according to APBNEWS.COM.

Though activists on both sides of the issue call the doll offensive, the manufacturer is happy to be raking in the profits. One store owner even credits George W. Bush’s recent barrage of executions as good promotion.

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