TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 22, 2014

A group of 10 death row inmates suing over lethal injection in Tennessee today argued that the state’s backup plan — the electric chair — is an unconstitutional “torture device,” the Tennessean reports. Their lawsuit stems from a 2013 law that makes nearly all information about lethal injection secret. The inmates are locked in a battle with the state over whether they have a right to know how they will be killed and who will do the killing. In 2014, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law that makes the electric chair the state’s official backup if lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or if the necessary drugs are unavailable. Attorneys for the inmates say that no other state, or any government in the world, imposes electrocution on the condemned.