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August, 2014



TADP Celebrates the Life of “The Citizen” George Barrett

George Barrett, a Tennessee lawyer who long fought for civil rights, died on Tuesday, August 26, at the age of 86. “The Citizen” as he often called himself, defended student demonstrators in the 1960’s  fighting for integration, and decades later, led the defense working for clemency for Tennessee death row inmate, Gaile Owens.  She ultimately was granted clemency and paroled in 2011.

George was always willing to share his insights, experience, and wit with us at TADP, and we are grateful for his legacy and his outspoken opposition to the death penalty.

With the recent death of John Seigenthaler and now George Barrett, we recognize the profound loss felt by our state as well as the contributions that these men made in creating a more more just and equitable place for us to live.  As we mourn, we also can be inspired to take up the mantle and continue the work before us.

Tennessee stands on the precipice of 11 executions, an unprecedented number. We all “the Citizens” of this great state must  act now to keep these executions from happening.  If you haven’t already, please sign the open letter to Governor Haslam, asking him to stop these executions in order for a review of this state’s flawed death penalty system, as outlined by the Tennessee Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty, can be conducted.

Read more about George Barrett in the Tennessean.

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Death Row inmates sue over the Electric Chair

With just over forty days until the state of Tennessee is scheduled to resume executions, the Federal Public Defenders Office filed suit on behalf of eleven inmates scheduled to die in the next eighteen months. Kelley Henry, stated, “Today, on behalf of our clients who face imminent execution, we have asked the Chancery Court to allow us to challenge the electric chair as a method of execution because even when the chair works exactly as it is intended, it is a torture device.”

The state legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to reinstate the electric chair should lethal injection drugs be unavailable for those scheduled to be executed. The bill was passed in April 2014, ironically during Holy Week, which Christians celebrate as the days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The inmates are already involved in a lawsuit to reveal the drugs that would be used to kill them as well as the names of the execution team members. Now the suit has been amended to include the use of the  electric chair in their list of challenges.

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All Eyes on Ohio

Lethal injection protocols remain at the center of America’s death penalty debate. On August 11 a federal judge in Ohio extended the moratorium into 2015 given the persistent questions surrounding its two-drug protocol of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. The ruling effectively postpones executions scheduled for September, October and November. This move by federal judge Gregory Frost is coupled with a report on Tuesday (August 12) concerning the botched execution of Dennis McGuire on January 16, 2014, also in Ohio. An independent examiner, Dr. Kent Diveley, an anesthesiologist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, stated “To a degree of medical certainty this was not a humane execution.” Dr. Diveley referenced Ohio’s two-drug protocol and concluded:

“Neither of these drugs combined in the doses can be depended upon to produce a rapid loss of consciousness and death,” the anesthesiologist said. “It is possible when this combination of drugs is used for lethal injection there will be a delay of several minutes before the inmates loses consciousness preceding death.”

Tennesseans should take note of all that is happening in Ohio: With eleven executions – the latest one announced today – scheduled in the next sixteen months, Tennessee’s protocols will be put to the test over and over again unless something is done. The first step toward action came Monday as attorneys for the state are challenging the right of ten death row inmates to know the identities of the execution team and the drugs that will be used to kill them, as ordered by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Claudia Bonnyman.

Ohio has learned the hard way that it must examine its death penalty system, and Tennessee should follow suit. The state of Tennessee could make the same moves that Ohio has in order to avoid the specter of botched executions. Tennessee could take the necessary time to fully study the issue, as a matter of policy, rather than speeding ahead with the process.

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