» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 129 | NO. 165 | Monday, August 25, 2014

Tennessee Inmates Sue Over Electric Chair

AP

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Comments ()

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ten death row inmates in Tennessee are suing to prevent the state from using the electric chair as a backup execution device should it be unable to obtain drugs needed to give lethal injections.

The Tennessean reports that the lawsuit filed Friday says using the electric chair runs afoul of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in May signed into law the bill that makes Tennessee the only state where electrocutions can be imposed on inmates sentenced to die via lethal injection.

The same group of inmates is also suing the estate over a 2013 law that makes nearly all information about lethal injection secret. They are awaiting a state appeals court decision about whether the state must release the execution team members' names.

Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 174 6,159
MORTGAGES 112 218 7,702
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 155 13,878
BANKRUPTCIES 73 132 5,274
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 48 2,322
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 120 244 7,508
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 64 1,596

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.