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Case Name Abdur'Rahman v. Bredesen CJ-TN-0002
Docket / Court 02-2236 (Davidson County) ( State Court )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On April 4, 2002, after many years of appeals following his criminal conviction, Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman filed a petition in the Circuit Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, to reopen his post-petition case and raise several issues, including the constitutionality of the death penalty administered by ... read more >
On April 4, 2002, after many years of appeals following his criminal conviction, Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman filed a petition in the Circuit Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, to reopen his post-petition case and raise several issues, including the constitutionality of the death penalty administered by lethal injection. The circuit court dismissed the petition with regard to all issues except the constitutionality of lethal injection. The state legislature enacted lethal injection as a means of execution in 1998 and appointed a committee to establish a protocol for its use. The plaintiff sought review of the constitutionality of that protocol. After a hearing, the trial court found for the state. The Court of Appeals of Tennessee affirmed.

The Tennessee Supreme Court (Chief Justice E. Riley Anderson) affirmed on October 17, 2005, finding that the protocol did not violate contemporary standards of decency and the plaintiff had not established that the procedures amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Abdur'Rahman v. Bredesen, 181 S.W.3d 292 (Tenn. 2005). The United States Supreme Court denied certiorari on May 22, 2006. Abdur'Rahman v. Bredesen, 126 S.Ct. 2288 (2006).

Angela Heverling - 07/28/2007


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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) Tennessee Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description A prisoner awaiting execution challenging the Tennessee Department of Correction's three-drug lethal injection protocol
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
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General Documents
Opinion (2004 WL 2246227)
CJ-TN-0002-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/06/2004
Appellant's Supplemental Brief
CJ-TN-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/30/2005
Appellant's Brief
CJ-TN-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/13/2005
Tenn. Supreme Court Opinion (181 S.W.3d 292)
CJ-TN-0002-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/17/2005
Source: Google Scholar
Supreme Court Petition for Writ of Certiorari
CJ-TN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2006
Amicus Brief filed on Behalf of Abdur'Rahman by Medical Professionals
CJ-TN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/19/2006
Petitioner's Reply Brief
CJ-TN-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Petitioner's Supplemental Brief (in light of Clark execution in Ohio)
CJ-TN-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Judges Anderson, E. Riley (State Supreme Court)
CJ-TN-0002-0007
Cain, William B. (State Appellate Court)
CJ-TN-0002-0008
Clement, Frank G. Jr. (State Appellate Court)
CJ-TN-0002-0008
Koch, William C. (State Appellate Court)
CJ-TN-0002-0008
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldstein, Thomas C. (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0001 | CJ-TN-0002-0003 | CJ-TN-0002-0004
Howe, Amy (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0001 | CJ-TN-0002-0003 | CJ-TN-0002-0004
MacLean, Bradley Alan (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0002-0001 | CJ-TN-0002-0003 | CJ-TN-0002-0004 | CJ-TN-0002-0005 | CJ-TN-0002-0006
MacLean, Cynthia W. (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0002-0005 | CJ-TN-0002-0006
Redick, William P. Jr. (Tennessee)
CJ-TN-0002-0001 | CJ-TN-0002-0003 | CJ-TN-0002-0004 | CJ-TN-0002-0005 | CJ-TN-0002-0006
Russell, Kevin K. (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0001 | CJ-TN-0002-0003 | CJ-TN-0002-0004
Other Lawyers Aronow, Geoffrey F. (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0002
Koop, Lissa R. (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0002
Kudon, Jeremy (District of Columbia)
CJ-TN-0002-0002

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