Protesters urging lawmakers to change minds about electric chair bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protesters are urging lawmakers to change their minds about a new law that allows use of the electric chair in Tennessee.
Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that would allow electrocution to be used if the drugs needed for lethal injection are not available.
A group of United Methodist church leaders is calling on lawmakers to reconsider capital punishment altogether.
About 100 people gathered for a prayer vigil, saying their main goal is to eliminate the death penalty in Tennessee.
They believe bringing back the electric chair is a step in the wrong direction.
The new law goes into effect July 1.
The last time Tennessee used the electric chair was in 2007.