Tennessee Executes Double Murderer in Electric Chair


Deborah Denno was quoted in a Reuters article about the execution by electric chair of murderer Edmund Zagorski.

In a 1984 trial, prosecutors said Zagorski lured John Dotson and Jimmy Porter into a wooded area in Robertson County under the pretense of a drug deal, but once the men were in the woods, Zagorski shot them both, slit their throats and stole their cash, court records show.


Zagorski’s attorneys in a lawsuit filed in federal District Court on Friday argued that the electric chair, “while better than lethal injection … is still utterly barbaric,” saying that it violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.


Despite the controversies over lethal injection, Deborah Denno, a professor at Fordham University School of Law, told Reuters, “I don’t see a resurgence in use of the electric chair. I don’t see states going back to that.”

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