Apr. 27, 2021 | Lawmakers in the Tennessee House and Senate voted overwhelmingly on Apr. 26 in favor of legislation to prevent the execution of people with intellectual disability. Both chambers are controlled by a GOP supermajority.
The bill would allow those on the state's death row to petition the trial court for a determination of whether they are ineligible for the death penalty due to the presence of an intellectual disability.
The passage of the legislation will play a role in the high-profile case of Pervis Payne, who, in addition to having an intellectual disability, holds a strong innocence claim for the crime for which he was sentenced to death.
The bill now moves to Governor Bill Lee's desk to be signed into state law.
— Catholic Mobilizing Network (@CMNEndtheDP) April 26, 2021
BREAKING: The Tennessee legislature just passed a bill that could stop the execution of #PervisPayne. This bill would prevent the unconstitutional execution of people with intellectual disabilities. Now it’s up to Gov. Lee to sign the bill into law. https://t.co/duBL4ndw4y
— The Innocence Project (@innocence) April 26, 2021