execution http://wfpl.org en Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort http://wfpl.org/post/proposed-execution-protocol-gets-hearing-frankfort <P>The Kentucky Justice Cabinet heard today from critics of the state’s proposed new death penalty method.<p> <P>They’re asking officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out, now that the state is switching to a one-or-two drug lethal injection.<p> <P>Public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said during a hearing in Frankfort that the rules Kentucky wants to put into place have multiple problems.&nbsp; One would not allow condemned inmates to have access to their lawyers on the day of execution.<p> <P>The state has been formulating a new de Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:14:28 +0000 Rick Howlett & The Associated Press 1783 at http://wfpl.org Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort Kentucky Will Use Single Drug for Executions http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-will-use-single-drug-executions <p>Kentucky is the latest state to switch to a single-drug execution method for inmates on death row.</p><p>The state previously used the a three-drug cocktail in lethal executions. But Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the state to rethink that process to avoid accusations of cruel and usual punishment.</p><p>Officials have spent the last two months doing just that, and a new brief filed this week says executions will be done with either the anesthetic sodium thiopental or the barbiturate pentobarbital.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:50:07 +0000 Gabe Bullard & The Associated Press 1076 at http://wfpl.org