senior writer Jeff Woods:
It looks like the Bredesen administration will have to stop acting in secrecy deciding how to carry out the death penalty. This morning, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled in favor of the Scene
's open-records lawsuit for information on how the Corrections Department is developing new execution procedures.
"We're talking about how we're going to go about killing people in this state," Scene
editor Liz Murray Garrigan says. "We think that ought to be an open discussion."
Gov. Phil Bredesen imposed a 90-day moratorium on executions in Tennessee until new procedures for conducting lethal injections are developed. The governor acted in the face of mounting evidence of botched executions
around the country, including Tennessee.
The moratorium ends May 2, and Bredesen is now refusing to extend it, even though critics say 90 days hasn't been enough time to revise the procedures. Meanwhile, the execution of Philip Workman approaches.