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KCADP asks Gov. Steve Beshear to refuse to sign death warrants

Rev. Pat Delahanty, chair of KCADP, is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to "hold off on signing any death warrants pending a complete assessment of the way the death penalty is administered in Kentucky."

Rev. Pat Delahanty, chair of KCADP, is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to "hold off on signing any death warrants pending a complete assessment of the way the death penalty is administered in Kentucky."

The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) is dismayed by Attorney General Jack Conway’s irresponsible request that Gov. Steve Beshear sign execution warrants for three Kentucky death row inmates.

The coalition opposes all executions, but Rev. Patrick Delahanty, chair of KCADP, said, “We are asking the governor to hold off on signing any death warrants pending a complete assessment of the way the death penalty is administered in Kentucky. Three executions will shock the conscience of a state that has executed only four people since 1956.”

“With all of the legal and policy questions about the death penalty being raised, including questions about the legality of lethal injection in Kentucky, now is not the time to resume executions much less multiple executions,” said Donald Vish, director of education and advocacy for KCADP. “In the last 30 days, the American Law Institute has spoken to the intractable and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment in the United States and the American Bar Association has announced a death penalty assessment project in Kentucky.”

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