TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 23, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam last night signed into law the bill to allow the electric chair to be used for executions in Tennessee if the drugs for lethal injection are unavailable. The bill passed the state Senate 23-3 and the House 68-13 in April. “I think the legislature felt very strongly we needed to have some sort of back up, in case the drugs for the lethal injection weren’t available,” Haslam told reporters today after a Memorial Day ceremony near the Capitol. “The Supreme Court has looked at the electric chair and said it meets its definition of not being cruel and unusual punishment so we made the decision to sign it.” The Tennessean has the story