High court to decide on secrecy of execution team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal challenge from death row inmates that has already postponed two scheduled executions.

Eleven inmates have sued the state over its lethal injection and electrocution procedures, claiming they are unconstitutional.

As part of that lawsuit, they requested the names of the people who will carry out the executions. The state initially agreed to release the names to the inmates’ attorneys but later reversed course.

Attorneys for the inmates have said they need the names in order to determine whether those people are qualified to carry out executions.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Thursday. Once the court rules, the larger lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the way Tennessee carries out executions can move forward.