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Tennessee Resident Sues Correction Department Over Records

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A Tennessee resident is suing the state Correction Department, saying it never responded to his open records request.

The case filed in Chancery Court in Nashville says Seamus Kelly asked for records related to the electric chair ahead of the Nov. 1 execution of Edmund Zagorski, only the second person to be electrocuted in Tennessee since 1960.

Kelly was seeking records on how the chair was maintained and how those carrying out the execution were trained. According to the suit, Kelly filed his request by email on Oct. 22 but never received any response.

Tennessee law requires government agencies to respond within seven days.

The Correction Department has not yet filed an answer with the court, and a spokeswoman said the department doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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