17:59 21-09-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
U.S. state of Tennessee reinstates electric chair as death penalty option

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Tennessee's electric chair, last used in 2007, is now an option for executions in the state if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, following a bill that was signed by the governor on Thursday.

The law was drawn up as various states were encountering difficulty in obtaining drugs for lethal injections because many pharmaceutical firms, mainly in Europe, object to their use in executions. The bill sailed through the state's legislature, according to Reuters.

"It gives us another option out there. We've had so many problems with lethal injection," said the bill's House sponsor Representative Dennis Powers, who confirmed the bill was signed by Governor Bill Haslam.

Cade Cothren, spokesman for the state's House Republican Caucus, also confirmed the bill had been signed. The governor's office did not respond to repeated calls and emails from Reuters seeking confirmation and additional information.

Richard Dieter, executive director for the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks executions, said that court battles would likely erupt if an inmate were sentenced to the chair.

"There certainly have been some gruesome electrocutions in the past and that would weigh on courts' minds," Dieter said when the bill passed the senate in April.

Lethal injection is the primary execution method in all states that have capital punishment, but some states allow inmates the option of electrocution, hanging, firing squad or the gas chamber.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. issued an advisory opinion stating that electrocution is constitutionally defensible as an execution method earlier this year.

Tennessee last executed an inmate in 2009 and the next execution is scheduled for October. The state corrections department has said it is confident of being able to secure drugs when needed. It has also said its electric chair is operational.


Twitterfacebookprint
11:18 23.05.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:01 Prosecutors General of CIS members to gather in Dushanbe16:23 Turkish hostages freed from IS16:07 Kyrgyzstani youth attend peacebuilding trainings in Georgia and Armenia15:49 Tatarstan ready to participate in construction of oil refinery in Kazakhstan - Vice PM15:28 Government approves Kyrgyz-Russian Development Fund agreement14:46 Presidents of Kazakhstan, Tatarstan hold talks14:20 Some Naryn residents oppose vaccination of their kids claiming it contradicts to their religious beliefs14:08 Aga Khan Museum revealed in Toronto13:31 24 commercial banks operate in banking system of Kyrgyzstan as of July 113:06 Kyrgyzstan's joining Customs Union tests businessmen's strength - Atambayev12:42 Russian Space Agency to lauch Proton-M rocket carrier from Baikonur in September12:28 Tajik PM off for UN General Assembly in New York12:27 Problem with foul odor coming from Zhongda oil refinery needs to be solved – First Vice PM12:15 North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'11:53 Central Bank registers 327 exchange offices in Kyrgyzstan as of July 3111:41 French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State11:35 Central Bank sets 50mln-som minimum authorized capital requirement for newly emerging microfinance institutions11:14 Upcoming autumn-winter period tough – Vice PM Dil10:54 Vice PM Sarpashev urges Chui government to hold talks with Gazprom on gas supplies to major consumers at wholesale prices10:34 Government orders China’s TBEA to prepare feasibility study for construction of Karakeche TPP
Astana
+14° C
Ashgabat
+29° C
Bishkek
+20° C
Dushanbe
+26° C
Tashkent
+26° C
exchange rates
 
69.76
54.18
8.82
1.41
234.13
181.95
29.63
4.73
6.40
5.00
0.81
0.13
3117.21
2359.56
384.37
62.66
3.66
2.85
0.46
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75