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Mark Fulks Comments in The Tennessean on Whether the Tennessee Supreme Court Will Decide to Release Executioners' Names


Five members of the Tennessee Supreme Court are charged with deciding whether to release, on a limited basis, the names of people involved in executions in the Volunteer State. The Tennessean recently asked attorneys who have worked with or closely watched the court to analyze the issues in the case and predict how the justices might rule.

Mark Fulks, who has argued about 45 cases before the court, most of those during his 12-year stint with the state attorney general's office, predicted that one issue the court would consider is whether the names of the execution team are relevant in a Davidson County Chancery Court challenge in which inmates are alleging the state's lethal injection protocols are unconstitutional.

"I think it's entirely conceivable they'll say the actual names are not relevant and shouldn't be disclosed," Mr. Fulks said. "I think that's probably the way they'll go."

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