Gov. Lee Discusses Faith, Execution in Recent Interview

In an interview with the Associated Press, Gov. Bill Lee discussed his Christian faith and how it has affected him in the recent spate of Tennessee executions, The Washington Post reports. Lee told the AP that weighing the fate of the three death row inmates executed in his first year as governor has led to the most difficult decisions he has made; however, he believes that the death penalty is “appropriate for those most heinous of crimes.” Lee said that he discusses execution decisions with his wife, pastor and close friends, also taking the scheduled execution day off to spend it alone in thought and prayer. Six inmates have been put to death since the state resumed executions last year, with Attorney General Herbert Slatery asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to set a date for nine more death row prisoners. Lee told the AP that Slatery didn’t consult with him about the request but said he had no plans to involve himself in the future.

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