Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Tennessee Lethal Injection Challenge

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the challenge to Tennessee's lethal injection protocol brought by Tennessee death row inmate, Edward Jerome Harbison.

In 2007, District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that Tennessee's lethal injection process did risk torture, violating Harbison's Eighth Amendment rights. She agreed that the current three drug protocol did pose "substantial risk of unnecessary pain" to the inmate. However, the Sixth Circuit Court later overturned the ruling after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Kentucky's protocol, which is similar to Tennessee's, is constitutional.

Recently, Ohio has moved to a one drug protocol that does not include the controversial paralytic, pavulon, which is currently used in Tennessee's protocol.

Read more here.
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