Stage Set For 4 Executions After Lethal Injection Ruling

The Tennessee Court of Appeals last week issued an opinion affirming the decision of Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman to uphold a new procedure set by the state Department of Correction to try to ensure a death row inmate is unconscious before fatal drugs are administered under the state's three-drug lethal injection process. Under this ruling, after a single dose of sodium thiopental is given, the warden will brush his hand over the inmate's eyelashes, call out the inmate's name and gently shake the inmate. If there is no response, he will give the go-ahead for the next two drugs. This ruling paves the way for the executions of four death row inmates. The News Sentinel has the story