Maker of Electric Chair This Man Will Die in Is Concerned

Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to die Thursday in Tennessee
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 9:50 AM CDT
This undated file photo shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski.   (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Edmund Zagorski is officially on death watch in Tennessee ahead of his planned Thursday execution. He'll be under surveillance for 24 hours in a cell next to the execution chamber as he awaits his death by electric chair, reports the AP. But there's one hiccup in terms of the death moving forward: US District Judge Aleta Trauger on Monday ruled the 63-year-old can only be executed if his lawyer has "immediate access to a telephone during the time preceding and during the execution." State attorneys had resisted the request, which was filed Friday, calling it too late. The Tennessean describes it as a "wrench in the state's plans," but one that's easily solved by granting him use of a cellphone or landline. But that may not be the only wrench. More:

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