Protesters oppose new Tenn. electric chair law

Protesters oppose new Tenn. electric chair law

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of protesters gathered across from the state Capitol to voice opposition to a measure Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed into law to allow use of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

The roughly 50 protesters on War Memorial Plaza on Tuesday prayed, sang songs and some held signs. One read: "Execute Justice, Not People".

While the focus was on the legislation the Republican governor signed last week, the protesters said they'd also like to see him do away with the death penalty in Tennessee all together.

The new law will allow the state to use electrocution against any current or future death row inmate if lethal injection drugs become unavailable.

The last time Tennessee used the electric chair was in 2007.

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