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Case Name Workman v. Bredesen CJ-TN-0001
Docket / Court 07-490 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On May 4, 2007, Philip Workman filed a Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, seeking to enjoin the State of Tennessee from carrying out his execution through lethal injection. In April of 2007, the state ... read more >
On May 4, 2007, Philip Workman filed a Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, seeking to enjoin the State of Tennessee from carrying out his execution through lethal injection. In April of 2007, the state released a new lethal injection protocol following a 90-day reprieve of all executions. Workman, who was represented by attorneys with the Office of the Federal Public Defender, argued that the new protocol was similar to those in other states that had been declared unconstitutional by federal courts. The plaintiff raised various claims under the Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

A hearing was held that day and the court (Judge Todd J. Campbell) issued a Temporary Restraining Order. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Judge Jeffrey F. Sutton) vacated the order, holding that the plaintiff unduly delayed in bringing his claims and was unlikely to be successful in the merits of his constitutional claims. Workman v. Bredesen, 2007 WL 1311330 (M.D. Tenn. May 7, 2007). The case was dismissed as moot after Workman was executed on May 9, 2007.

Angela Heverling - 07/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Death Penalty
Lethal Injection - General
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) State of Tennessee
Plaintiff Description Death-row prisoner challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's three-drug lethal-injection protocol and seeking a temporary restraining order suspending his execution
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
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Docket(s)
(W.D. Tenn.) 05/13/2007
CJ-TN-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Temporary Restraining Order 05/04/2007 (M.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 05/04/2007
CJ-TN-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 05/04/2007
CJ-TN-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Court of Appeals Decision 05/07/2007 (486 F.3d 896)
CJ-TN-0001-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 05/13/2007 (M.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Campbell, Todd J. (M.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0001-0001 | CJ-TN-0001-0004 | CJ-TN-0001-9000
Sutton, Jeffrey S. (Sixth Circuit)
CJ-TN-0001-0005
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bottei , Paul R. (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0001-0002 | CJ-TN-0001-0003 | CJ-TN-0001-9000
Henry , Kelley J. (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0001-0002 | CJ-TN-0001-0003 | CJ-TN-0001-9000
Swift, Gretchen L. (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0001-0002 | CJ-TN-0001-0003 | CJ-TN-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hudson , Mark Alexis (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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