E Tennessee Death Row Inmate Files for Stay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A death row inmate is asking for a stay of execution two days after a federal judge found Tennessee's method for lethal injection is unconstitutional.

Edward Jerome Harbison was scheduled for execution next week before the decision by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger (TRAW-ger) cast doubt on whether Tennessee could give any more lethal injections.

But she didn't grant Harbison a stay. Now Harbison is seeking to make sure that his scheduled execution is called off while the merits of the lethal injection three-drug cocktail work through the courts.

Harbison was sentenced to death for the beating death of an elderly woman during a burglary in 1983.


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  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Sep 22, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    Personally I don't like the death penalty. Not that murders don't deserve it but because there have been TOO many that have been found to not be guilty after years of sitting there waiting to die. DNA evidence has taken some off death row. Then there was the case where a black man was placed on death row twice in Chicago, to find that the judge, 2 solicitors and lying police officers railroaded him. Yep, they were arrested but I never heard the results of that. Just showing that "many" have been put on and were NOT guilty of doing anything wrong. At least in prison you can apologize and give monetary compensation, but what can you do if he or she is dead? It could be you next time.

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