Gov. Bill Haslam said at a religious conference in downtown Nashville that he "can't honestly answer" how he'll handle executions until one of the 10 scheduled cases lands at his doorstep.
Responding to a question at a "Q Ideas" conference held this morning in War Memorial Auditorium, Haslam said he would assess each capital case individually as he weighs whether to exercise his power to grant clemency to death row inmates. His approach would include consulting with mental health providers, law enforcement and district attorneys, the Nashville Scene reports.
"I can't honestly answer when it comes down to 11 o'clock at night the night before, exactly what that will feel like and look like," the governor was quoted as saying.
Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean both took part in the question-and-answer session, which initially was announced to be closed to the press.
Other topics touched on the role of churches in public life and the need for more people to run for office.