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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort

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The Kentucky Justice Cabinet heard today from critics of the state’s proposed new death penalty method.

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.

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.  One would not allow condemned inmates to have access to their lawyers on the day of execution.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Kentucky Will Use Single Drug for Executions

Kentucky is the latest state to switch to a single-drug execution method for inmates on death row.

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.

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.

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