Tennessee Can Use Controversial Lethal Injection Procedure for Execution, Judge Says
JACKSON – July 27, 2018
The state of Tennessee was allowed to use lethal injection that could cause intense suffering for the inmates sentenced to death penalty, local media reports.
This ruling is a blow to the 33 death row inmates who had challenged the state's lethal injection protocol, saying it led to cruel and unusual punishment forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. Among them is Billy Ray Irick, who is scheduled to be executed on the 9th of August.
Lethal injection is the primary method of carrying out the death penalty in Tennessee, although the electric chair is also legal. The state had used pentobarbital, a barbiturate, but manufacturers have largely stopped selling the drug to anyone using it for executions.