Finding Proper Drugs an Issue for Scheduled Executions

There are three executions by lethal injection scheduled for this year in Tennessee, but prison officials apparently do not have all of the drugs needed to carry them out. The state's prison chief says he's confident those drugs can be obtained according to the Tennessean, but an attorney for death row offenders, Kelley Henry, says the only way the department could get those drugs is through the "black market." Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker said earlier this year the state had the three drugs it needs to carry out an execution. Two of the drugs have since expired; however, Tennessee law allows the use of the electric chair if the proper drugs are not available.

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