TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 20, 2018
In the final months of his service, Gov. Bill Haslam is considering pardons, commutations or exoneration following requests from Cyntoia Brown and Billy Ray Irick, The Tennessean reports. Brown is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at 16, when advocates say she was a victim of sex traffic who fought back in self-defense against a man who picked her up. Her case has received national attention from celebrities and criminal justice reform advocates. Irick is scheduled to die on Aug. 9 for the 1995 rape and murder of a child, but Irick is joining other death row offenders in challenging the constitutionality of the state’s proposed lethal injection method.