Sunday, August 24
(Nashville, TN) -- A group of Tennessee death row inmates are suing the state in an attempt to stop the use of the electric chair. The Tennessee General Assembly passed a law allowing the electric chair to be used as a backup plan for executions if lethal injection drugs are not available. The law signed by Governor Bill Haslem comes as many states are having trouble obtaining drugs used in lethal injections. Recent botched lethal injections in several states have also brought up the constitutionality of using the drugs. Eleven inmates whose execution dates have been set filed the suit on Friday.