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A judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to rethink the way it executes prisoners. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd previously ruled the lethal injection process that involves three drugs could no longer be allowed. The state appealed and lost.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday that it will propose new regulations by July 24. The single-page motion does not say what changes will be made, but the move could open the door to a switch to a single-drug execution.

Shepherd ruled that if Kentucky moves to a one-drug execution, any cruel and unusual punishment arguments raised by death row inmates in a lawsuit would be moot.

A Justice Cabinet spokeswoman declined to comment to the Associated Press.

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