TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Oct 6, 2016

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning over whether Tennessee's lethal injection protocol constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Justices challenged lawyers trying to block the protocol, Knoxnews reports, and asked the plaintiffs' lawyers to suggest another execution method they would consider acceptable under the law. Lawyers representing the death row inmates argued that they shouldn't have to suggest alternatives as part of their legal challenge. Thirty-three death row inmates sued after the state moved from a three-drug lethal injection method to a one-drug method that their attorneys argue is likely to cause a condemned inmate to suffer extreme pain and can cause a lingering death. The Tennessee Supreme Court heard six cases on various subjects yesterday and today in Nashville.