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    ugh! I don't think I could handle watching that, but I also believe that if a person gets senenced to die and the moment is at hand then that person should be there to witness that sentence taking place.

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    New Jersey, unfortunately
    SCOTUS denied a stay of execution.

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    Tennessee executes Lee Hall by electric chair

    Tennessee executed death row inmate Lee Hall in the electric chair Thursday night, marking the fourth time the state has used the method since 2018.

    Hall was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CST, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction. He was 53.

    Hall, also known as Leroy Hall Jr., was sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend Traci Crozier in 1991. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated arson by a Hamilton County jury in 1992.

    Hall was the 138th person put to death in Tennessee since 1916, and the sixth inmate executed since the state resumed capital punishment in August 2018. Hall also is believed to be only the second legally blind death row inmate executed since the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

    He had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but his attorneys say he later become functionally blind from improperly treated glaucoma.

    Tennessee was originally set to execute Hall in April 1998, and again in 2016. Legal delays blocked those dates, but the courts and Gov. Bill Lee refused to intervene this time.

    Last-minute legal efforts fail to halt execution

    Hall's attorneys launched a last-minute attempt to overturn his conviction and block the execution, saying a juror in his 1992 trial was unfairly biased against him.

    Defense attorneys in new filings requested to vacate the original conviction on Oct. 14, just a month and a half before Hall's execution.

    An unnamed female juror from Hall's original trial said her own history of violent rape and abuse at the hands of her first husband prejudiced her against Hall. She had not described her history of abuse during jury selection — it came to light for the first time in September.

    Attorneys requested Hall's original case be reopened as part of a post-conviction relief appeal, paving the way for a trial court and appeals process that could have delayed the execution.

    Courts rejected that argument. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a two-sentence order Thursday night declining to step in.

    In a statement Wednesday, the governor said the case had been fully and fairly litigated for nearly 30 years.

    “The judgment and sentence stand based on these rulings, and I will not intervene in this case," Lee said Wednesday afternoon.

    Hall's death part of a trend in Tennessee, but not the nation

    Tennessee is an outlier in the nation, carrying out executions at a steady clip since 2018 despite the fact that most states have backed away from the practice.

    Hall's choice to die by electrocution is another sign that Tennessee is bucking a national trend — no other state has used the electric chair since 2013.

    Hall was one of dozens of inmates who challenged the state's controversial lethal injection method in court, saying it caused unconstitutional torture.

    Hall is now the fourth inmate to choose the electric chair over electrocution.

    'She was just a free spirit,' Traci Crozier's dad says

    The horror of Hall's crime has remained prominent as state and federal courts weighed the latest wave of legal questions. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals described the Crozier's death in visceral detail in an order Wednesday.

    Hall, then 24, and Crozier, 22, had lived together for five years before she moved in with her aunt the month before her death.

    On the night of April 16, 1991, Hall doused Crozer with gasoline and then threw a "jug full of gasoline that Hall lit with a paper-towel fuse" into her car, the court filing read.

    She suffered burns over 95% of her body and died hours later.

    Emergency room doctors at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga said she had the worst injuries they'd ever seen.

    Hall initially denied involvement in the fatal fire but then told police that he intended only to destroy the car, not to kill Crozier.

    He later told police he made the homemade gas bomb as protection from her uncle but threw it at Crozier after she laughed at him and refused to reconcile their relationship. Hall also left threatening messages for Crozier ahead of the murder.

    Her sister, Staci Wooten, told reporters that Hall was often abusive to Crozier and the rest of their family after the pair met in high school.

    To Wooten, the only way justice could come for her sister was with the death sentence carried out.

    "He's nothing to me," Wooten said in a recent interview. "I just want him dead, and then I'll be a happy person."

    Traci Crozier's father, Gene Crozier, said in a recent interview his daughter got along with everyone.

    "She was just a free spirit," he said. "She never missed a day of class."

    Every day since her death, Traci Crozier's family has mourned her loss and focused on the death of Hall to set them free from overwhelming grief.

    Wooten wished her children could have grown up with their aunt in their lives and that Crozier could have had a family of her own one day.

    "I don't think she'll rest until this has happened," Wooten said in an interview a few weeks before the execution. "He took her life, now his life is getting took."

    Hall faced death with 'a strong faith'

    Hall's life behind bars has been a mystery in recent weeks. But the Rev. Kevin Riggs, pastor of Franklin Community Church, called Hall a soft-spoken, unassuming person and a Christian.

    “He has a strong faith now,” Riggs said. “I think he has remorse.”

    Riggs knew Hall through the volunteer ministry work Riggs does on death row. When they first met, Riggs said Hall still had his sight. Riggs said Hall told him about begging to go to the eye doctor, but the prison would not send the inmate for medical care.

    Dan Mann, who visits with another death row inmate, interacted with Hall only a handful of times, but called him a gentle man. On Thanksgiving, Mann found out Hall was a big baseball fan as they spent time together in the visitors area reminiscing about major sports highlights.

    "How do you get drunk on death row?" - Werner Herzog

    "When we get fruit, we get the juice and water. I ferment for a week! It tastes like chalk, it's nasty" - Blaine Keith Milam #999558 Texas Death Row

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    As usual here a link to the post execution conference.

    Judicial Review isn't in the Constitution.

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    Was it smoke or steam coming from side of inmate's head during execution?

    By Jason Lamb
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    Tennessee has executed four death row inmates in the electric chair since last year. No other state has used the device to execute prisoners since 2013.

    It's a process that has become somewhat routine in Tennessee (on top of the four who died in the electric chair since last year, two other inmates chose to die by lethal injection).

    Following each execution, up to seven media witnesses file out of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution and give their accounts of what they saw.

    Following the electric chair executions, the witness descriptions are usually strikingly similar -- down to the clenched, reddening fists of the condemned slumping down in a position where the pinky fingers alone extend out beyond the arms of the wooden chair.

    But the statements from reporters who witnessed Thursday's execution of Lee Hall were noticably different.

    "You could see a wisp of steam or smoke coming off the side of his head," said Will Clark of the TN Radio Network.

    "I did notice smoke both times from the right side of his head," said Claudia Coco of WRCB-TV.

    Associated Press reporter Kimberlee Kruesi, who had witnessed one other electric chair execution in Tennessee said it was something that wasn't present before.

    "That did not happen during the first time, so this was a new thing for me to watch, I was not expecting that," Kruesi said.

    On Friday, Hall's attorney Stephen Ferrell responded to the reports from the media witnesses, saying they will look into the specifics of what happened.

    "I find that troubling," Ferrell said. "Certainly we will gather information as we always do, and just look into it to see what we can learn about the process."

    Public Defender Kelley Henry, who has witnessed an electrocution and represents several death row inmates, said Thursday night that what the witnesses saw could be either burning sponge or burning flesh -- an indication that not enough saline solution was doused onto the sponge that separates Hall's head from the copper helmet charged with 1750 volts.

    Ron McAndrew is a retired Florida prison warden who has direct experience with electric chair executions: he gave the the command to flip the switch three times at Florida State Prison.

    During the last electrocution McAndrew oversaw, the chair malfunctioned, causing the inmate's head to catch fire.

    "There's always a possibility of a fire, of a delayed execution," McAndrew said. "Just about anything can happen."

    McAndrew said it's possible to tell whether the vapor inside Tennessee's Thursday execution was steam or smoke, based on it's color.

    "If it's just a little steam coming out, there's going to be a white colored plume exiting under the helmet," McAndrew said. "If there's a fire, there will be a different color to the plume that comes out, it'll be dark gray or black."

    At least one media witness said she saw a white cloud.

    "It was difficult to tell what it was, but it was pure white as far as I could tell," said Mariah Timms of The Tennessean.

    The medical examiner will make the final call about what happened.

    Tennessee Department of Correction officials said it was steam that the media witnesses saw.

    "There was a small amount of steam, not smoke, which is a natural function of the combination of solution and heat," said spokesperson Dorinda Carter, who also witnessed the execution. "The process went as designed without any complications."

    Judicial Review isn't in the Constitution.

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    whether it was smoke or steam coming from his head, either way its pretty freaking cool!!!

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    @one_two_bomb damn you are right

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