December 19th, 2007
A significant amount of media attention has been focused on the death penalty as of late especially with New Jersey’s recent abolition. Much of that attention has been in the great state of Tennessee including this recent op-ed column in The Tennessean that can be found HERE. The op-ed column has also appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Tennessee’s interest in capital punishment shouldn’t come as a surprise. The state recently exonerated Michael McCormick of Chattanooga who served 15 years on Tennessee’s death row. Tennessee is also currently studying the administration of the death penalty in a special committee created by the state legislature. Also, Governor Bredesen commuted the sentence of an individual on Tennessee’s death row to life in prison.