Judge OKs Use of Execution Drugs in Tennessee

Tennessee can use controversial drugs to execute inmates on death row despite concerns from defense attorneys and experts, the Tennessean reports. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled Thursday evening that opponents failed to meet two critical bars necessary to overturn an execution method. 1.) That there is a different means to carry out the execution that is readily available and substantially less painful; and 2.) The drugs the state plans to use would cause the inmate to be tortured to death. The challenge to the state's lethal injection protocol came from 33 death row inmates, including Billy Ray Irick, who is scheduled to be executed Aug. 9. The inmates' attorneys say they will appeal.

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