AG: State Can Electrocute Inmates if Lethal Injection Drugs are Unavailable

Tennessee can lawfully use the electric chair in executions if lethal injection is stopped by the courts or because the state can't get the drugs to carry out the sentence, state Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a legal opinion this week. Tennessee and several other states have been grappling about what do about executions because of a European-led boycott on sales of sedatives to American prisons and legal challenges to drugs made by compounding pharmacies. Cooper's interpretation comes as state lawmakers consider a bill that would allow condemned prisoners to be electrocuted if lethal injection can't be used, Knoxnews reports.