Abdur’Rahman’s Lawyers: AG Usurping Power of Local DA

The ongoing battle over the fate of Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Alu Abdur’Rahman heated up today, with Abdur’Rahman’s attorneys accusing state Attorney General Herbert Slatery of usurping the power of Glenn Funk, Nashville’s elected prosecutor. Funk recently negotiated a deal to let Abdur’Rahman spend the rest of his life in prison rather than be executed. Slatery claims Funk does not have the authority to negotiate such a deal. Now Abdur’Rahman’s lawyers have responded, Knoxnews reports. “The notion that a District Attorney cannot enter an agreed resolution based on his reasoned judgment is utterly alien to basic principles of due process, statutory interpretation, and local power,” the lawyers argued.

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