Federal Appeals Court Grants Stay of Execution for Tennessee Inmate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution for death row inmate Edward Jerome Harbison.

Harbison is challenging Tennessee's three-drug method of lethal injection. A federal judge in Nashville previously ruled in his favor.

The state attorney general's office appealed the ruling to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio. That court granted Harbison's stay this week. He was scheduled to die Jan. 9.

The decision comes as many executions nationwide have been put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the three-drug cocktail.

Harbison and others argue it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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