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Judge Upholds Tennessee’s Lethal Injection Protocol

A Nashville Chancellor has upheld Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol for condemned inmates. Judge Claudia Bonnyman says attorneys representing a group of death row inmates failed to prove the killing cocktail of drugs constituted cruel and unusual punishment. The decision of … Continue reading

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Attorneys for Death Row Inmates Fight Lethal Injection, Say it Can Cause Extreme \suffering

The Tennessee Supreme Court says the death penalty is constitutional, so there must be a constitutional way to carry it out. But attorneys for 33 death row inmates say lethal injection isn’t one of them. In a trial that began … Continue reading

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Trial Over Tenn. Lethal Injection Method Enters Second Week

A trial over the constitutionality of Tennessee’s preferred method of executing prisoners is entering its second week. Attorneys for 33 death row inmates have so far presented expert witnesses to discuss technical aspects of the procedure. That includes the role … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejects Inmates’ Challenge to Electrocution

The Supreme Court has rejected a request by death row inmates to challenge electrocution as an alternative execution method. The court Thursday ruled that the challenge is premature since none of the inmates is currently a candidate for death in … Continue reading

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Tenn. Executions Postponed

The Tennessee Supreme Court has stayed all execution dates as various legal challenges work through the court system. Friday’s unanimous decision postpones scheduled execution dates for four death row inmates. None of the 69 inmates on death row in Nashville … Continue reading

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The Tennessee Supreme Court says the state does not have to turn over the names of its execution team to the attorneys of death row inmates. The ruling came as part of a lawsuit by the inmates claiming Tennessee’s lethal … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Review State Execution Challenge

The Tennessee Supreme court says it will take up a challenge to the state’s new execution law that returns ” Old Sparky” as a death penalty alternative. State lawmakers approved electric chair executions last year after problems surfaced with he … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in execution case

Attorneys for the state will try to convince the Tennessee Supreme Court justices that they should not have to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for 11 death row inmates. Attorneys for the inmates say they need … Continue reading

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Court to Decide on Secrecy of Execution Team

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal challenge from death row inmates that has already postponed two scheduled executions. Eleven inmates have sued the state over its lethal injection and electrocution procedures, claiming they are unconstitutional. As … Continue reading

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Tennessee Brings Back The Electric Chair

A scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates – and increasing concern about new sources for the drugs – has prompted a nationwide debate about whether the method of execution is still feasible or humane. While the rest of … Continue reading

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