That's the title of an editorial in today's edition of the Tennessean.
If the state of Tennessee has its way, it will put 10 people to death in a period of 18 months between April 22, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2015.
The federal public defender’s office in Nashville has doubts that any of the 10 are solid cases for the death penalty — if there is such a thing as a solid case for institutionalized cruelty.
It took unlawful actions by the Correction Department, flouting federal statutes over drug imports, and then changing Tennessee’s own open-records law to keep a shroud of secrecy over new sources of lethal drugs, to bring us to the point where Tennessee feels it is ready to execute so many people so quickly.
Other states are putting executions on hold because lethal injections are proving to be tantamount to torture. Not Tennessee; its correctional system, with the help of state Supreme Court justices who suddenly appear to be worried about job security, can’t wait to start the intravenous drip.
Earlier coverage from Tennessee begins at the link.