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.)

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 11975201 - local8now.com/a?a=11975201
Gray Television, Inc.