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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions

A warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., is shown in the prison's execution chamber in 1999. The electric chair is shown next to a lethal injection gurney.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:54 am

Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed to The Associated Press that the legislation had been signed after passing the state Senate by a 23-3 vote and the House by a 68-13 margin.

The AP reports:

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Executioner's Lament

Dr. Jay Chapman, pictured here in 2007, developed the original formula for lethal injections with the intention of making executions in the U.S. more humane.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 1:47 pm

In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.

The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Jay Chapman, the state medical examiner at the time, who proposed using three drugs, based loosely on anesthesia procedures at the time: one drug to knock out the inmates, one to relax or paralyze them, and a final drug that would stop their hearts.

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Government
3:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Justice Cabinet Makes Minor Changes to Lethal Injections

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Kentucky is one step closer to resuming executions. The state Justice Cabinet Thursday sent its proposed changes to the state's lethal injection process to the legislature. A state judge more than a year ago ordered Kentucky to halt executions until it switches from using three drugs to just one drug. The proposal makes some changes based on input from a public hearing in September.

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Government
3:47 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Critics Find Issues with Proposed New Ky. Execution Policy

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Critics of Kentucky's proposed new death penalty method have asked officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out now that the state is switching to a one- or two-drug lethal injection. During a hearing Tuesday in Frankfort, public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said the rules Kentucky wants to put in place have multiple problems, including that condemned inmates aren't allowed access to their attorneys on the day of execution.

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