After SCOTUS Denies Appeal, Edmund Zagorski Executed - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 2, 2018
Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski was executed by electric chair last night at 7:26 p.m., The Tennessean reports. Two minutes before the execution was scheduled to begin, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-ditch appeal on the grounds of the unconstitutionality of choosing between the electric chair and lethal injection. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented in the decision. Zagorski’s attorney reported two of the inmate’s fingers appeared to be dislocated or broken due to the force with which he pulled against the straps, and that there were signs he was still breathing during the short pause before the second jolt was administered. The first jolt took 20 seconds, and the second took 15.