As corrections authorities evaluate the procedures for taking a condemned inmate’s life in Tennessee, a Democratic state lawmaker is seeking a top-to-bottom review of the death penalty.
State Sen. Doug Jackson’s bill calling for a committee to review how and when the death penalty should be applied is set for discussion Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I’m very much a supporter of the death penalty, but I don’t support a death penalty where innocent people are executed,” the Dickson, Tenn., legislator said. “This bill attempts to do the responsible thing by making sure it is a guilty person that is on death row and not someone who is innocent.”
Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox said he supports both the legislation and Gov. Phil Bredesen’s 90-day moratorium on executions to update protocols.
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They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator. David Attenborough, on crediting God for the wonders of the world.