Tennessee resumes lethal injection executions after moratorium expires Leslie Schulman at 10:30 AM ET
[JURIST] Tennessee executed its first death row inmate Wednesday after a moratorium on executions [executive order, PDF; JURIST report] imposed by the governor in February expired earlier this month. Philip Workman's execution had been postponed five times, and last minute appeals by his lawyers arguing that lethal injection [JURIST news archive] constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and that the state's new lethal injection protocols had not been reviewed sufficiently were unsuccessful. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen [official website] ordered the moratorium in February and directed the Tennessee Department of Corrections to conduct a "comprehensive review of the manner in which death sentences are administered... and provide [the governor] new protocols and related written procedures in administering death sentences in Tennessee." Bredesen accepted revised death penalty protocols [PDF text; JURIST report] for lethal injections last week and the moratorium expired May 2.
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