Tennessee High Court Upholds Lethal Injection Protrocol

A majority of the Tennessee Supreme Court today ruled that death row inmates failed to establish that the current, three-drug lethal injection protocol violates prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. Justice Sharon Lee dissented, concluding that the inmates were denied due process because the proceedings were not fundamentally fair. An attorney for the inmates said they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as Tuesday, the Tennessean reports. Death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, 63, is scheduled to die Thursday.

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