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Tennessee death row inmate loses battle to change state's method of execution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled against a death row inmate who was challenging the state's method of execution.
Lawyers for the inmate (Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman) argued that the three-drug combination used to execute killers amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

They said the first drug, an anesthetic, might fail. And the second drug, used to paralyze the muscle system, might keep their client from crying out if he were in extreme pain.

But lawyers for the state countered that inmates are unconscious in seconds, and that they die, painlessly, within five minutes.

Separate appeals to block his execution are pending in federal court.

The inmate was sentenced to die for stabbing to death a drug dealer.

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