Lawsuit: Death Row Inmates Say Firing Squad Preferable to Lethal Injection Method - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 23, 2018
A new federal lawsuit filed on behalf of death row inmates claims that the state of Tennessee tortured Billy Ray Irick to death when he was executed by lethal injection, and that using a firing squad would be more humane than the current injection method. The Tennessean reports that the lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, is unlikely to succeed given it mirrors similar legal maneuvers used by Irick’s legal team in the days leading up to his death. The lawsuit points to reports that Irick snored, coughed and heaved after his injection with the controversial three-drug cocktail and claims his reaction is proof that the mixture does not prevent pain.