NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Governor Bill Lee announced Monday all previously scheduled executions in 2022 will be paused amid plans to launch a third-party review of the lethal injection testing oversight that resulted in a temporary reprieve for death row inmate Oscar Franklin Smith.
“I review each death penalty case and believe it is an appropriate punishment for heinous crimes,” said Lee. “However, the death penalty is an extremely serious matter, and I expect the Tennessee Department of Correction to leave no question that procedures are correctly followed.”
OK, seems fair and constitutional to consider fully that no execution method is unduly painful. But then I read this:
According to a release, Tennessee will retain former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton to conduct an independent review of the following:
Circumstances that led to testing the lethal injection chemicals for only potency and sterility but not endotoxins preparing for the April 21 execution
Sterility? Are we worried that this guy’s testicles stop producing viable sperm after he is sent to the hereafter for his hideous crimes? That happens to every human male after death visit us.
I don’t get it, it sounds just plain stupidity in Legalese.