published Friday, November 19th, 2010

Ruling sets showdown over Tennessee lethal injection

By KRISTIN M. HALL

Associated Press

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee judge has ruled that the state’s lethal injection method is unconstitutional, settting up a showdown before the state’s high court over how it executes prisoners.

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman sided with defense attorneys who argued the mix of drugs used by the state could allow condemned inmates to die by suffocation while awake. Bonnyman heard testimony from several medical experts.

The state Attorney General’s office said it would likely appeal Bonnyman’s ruling. The state’s high court also technically must make the decision of whether to delay the execution of Stephen Michael West, whose lawyers argued the lethal injection issue before Bonnyman.

The state Supreme Court had already delayed the execution once to allow Bonnyman to hear the arguments. West is currently scheduled to be executed Nov. 30 for killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter.

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erobersonII said...

So he might die by suffocation while still awake? Wonder how the woman and her daughter died?

November 19, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.
erobersonII said...

My own comment made me curious, so I looked it up. The woman and her daughter were stabbed to death. The daughter was also raped. So he might die by suffocation while still awake?

November 19, 2010 at 11:57 p.m.
one4community said...

I couldn't agree with erobersonII any more! Here someone had no regards for even thinking, "gee is my killing this two innocent people constitutional? who cares I'm doing it anyway..." and then now he wants mercy when he showed none? If he has been proven guilty, beyond a shadow of doubt, then carry it out. Concern for the law was disregarded when he made the choice to take their lives!

November 20, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.
woody said...

Some have said, "Capitol Punishment" is ineffective. And they are right..if it isn't used.

Fact..No one 'made' the accused do it (despite all the "Devil made me do it defenses)

Fact..The accused never even considered the victim's constitutional rights

Fact..No appeals for the victim

Fact..No matter how cruel, unusual, or heinous the crime the accused's rights are shown much more importance than those of the victim's in courts of law

Fact..if justice is swift crime will go down

Refute the facts if you can, Woody

November 20, 2010 at 6:26 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Hanging by the neck until dead, swift an effective. Firing squad, swift and final. Lingering for decades on death row, costly an inane. Get it right Tennessee!, or do away with the death penalty. No justice no peace for the survivors or the citizens of Tennessee.

November 20, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
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