Friday, February 16, 2007


Tenn. Execution Manual Full of Errors

‘Tennessee’s procedure manual for executing prisoners is a jumble of conflicting instructions that mixes new lethal injection instructions with those for the old electric chair, an Associated Press review found. [..]

The manual’s minute-by-minute guidelines for lethal injections includes the instruction: “The Executioner will engage the automatic rheostat.” A rheostat controls the voltage flowing to an electric chair.

The guidelines also tell the facility manager to disconnect the electrical cables in the rear of the chair before a doctor checks whether the lethal injection was successful.’

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