Monday, December 03, 2007


Bredesen Says No Executions Until Next Summer

"Tennessee isn’t likely to execute any prisoners on death row until next summer, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday."

This statement was included in an article from the AP and can be read HERE.

Governor Bredesen delivered this great news this past Friday as three execution dates loomed in December and January--Pervis Payne, E.J. Harbison, and Paul Dennis Reid. The news however, should not be perceived as a surprise move. There is in effect a de factor moratorium on executions across the nation as states wait on the US Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the current lethal injection protocols. The two KY cases that the Supreme Court along with the ruling of U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger (Tennessee) have put lethal injection under close examination. Personally, I am glad that the Governor has definitively stated that executions are on hold, but I am wary of the date of "next summer." It is very likely, that the Supreme Court will rule in March and lethal injections will then be back on.

If the new lethal injection protocols are constitutional, how will the state of Tennessee and Govenror Bredesen then respond?
Comments :
This is great news. What about Pervis Payne? Wasn't he to be executed this month?
Pervis Payne's execution is scheduled for December 12, however, with this statement from the Governor, Payne's execution looks very unlikely.
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