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Tennessee executes first inmate w/ new lethal injection protocol

Philip Workman was executed in Tennessee early this morning. Like other states, Tennessee faced challenges to its protocols for lethal injections. New protocols were released in that state last week and a federal district court judge ordered a stay of the execution and set a date for a hearing on the protocols. The federal appellate court, however, reversed that order and the US Supreme Court denied a request for stay of execution in response to the the decision of the Court of Appeals.

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