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Kentucky Supreme Court rules lethal injection protocol not legal

Kentucky Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway acted irresponsibly when he asked for death warrants on Monday while the Kentucky Supreme Court was stilll considering whether the state's execution procedures complied with the law. The court ruled they did not.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway acted irresponsibly when he asked for death warrants on Monday while the Kentucky Supreme Court was still considering whether the state's execution procedures complied with the law. The court ruled they did not.

The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty welcomes today’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court requiring the commonwealth to follow the law before any more defendants are executed.

Earlier this week Attorney General Jack Conway irresponsibly asked for three men to be executed while the highest court in the state was still deciding whether Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol was in compliance with the law.

The court ruled it was not. It’s ruling will indefinitely stay executions in Kentucky, including for the three men who Conway sought death warrants for earlier in the week¬†(Ralph Baze Jr., Robert Foley, and Gregory Wilson).

“When a state and its elected officials ignore the rule of law, it undermines the credibility of our entire justice system,” said Rev. Patrick Delahanty, chair of KCADP.

“For the chief law enforcement officer of the commonwealth to request these death warrants before the court’s decision indicates how broken the death penalty system is in this state. The only way to correct this seriously flawed policy is to abandon it and repeal the law that allows the killing of prisoners.”

The Supreme Court of Kentucky’s verdict in Thomas C. Bowling, Ralph Baze, and Brian Keith Moore v. Kentucky Department of Corrections¬†is available at its website.

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  1. Steve says

    Excellent news about the stay! Keep up the good work KCADP!

  2. Cynthia says

    Stay? I am confused. These people were sentenced to die for I am sure a very serious crime. If not,they would of gotten life. Now Kentucky is using our tax dollars to keep feeding, clothing and caring for these criminals. I am FOR the death penalty and these miscreants deserve no stay of execution of delay of death tactics. Kill them and get it over with!

  3. May Breaze says

    Confused? It all seems so simple and clear to me. Sometimes humans make mistakes; a mistaken execution of an innocent person can’t be taken back. And that is only one good and simple reason to abolish the death penalty.

  4. Zach Everson says

    Cythia, I agree–Kentucky’s tax dollars could be better used. Life in prison without parole is just as effective a punishment as the death penalty and it’s much cheaper as less appeals are allowed. As May points out, all of those appeals are necessary lest Kentucky execute an innocent person like Texas did with Cameron Todd Willingham.

  5. Elisabeth says

    With all of the depression news in the past year (well…past nine years), it is amazing to hear that KY’s Supreme Court could do something so incredibly wonderful and positive!

  6. Elizabeth in Texas says

    Thank you for sharing the good news of developments in Kentucky. The fact that the Supreme Court made a judgment in favor of human values demonstrates courage and honesty in executing justice for all. What is more, it indicates that more serious consideration is being given to the responsibility any entity bears for the taking of human life. I only pray that these developments in public thinking will continue to grow until the realization dawns on the Kentucky public–and indeed that of the nation–that taking of life anywhere is a violent act, and cannot because of its very nature, possibly contribute to the end of violent acts by anyone, anywhere. More important, it is time for a modern civilization to get beyond the “punishment” concept of dealing with violent criminals to the concept of “restorative justice” in which we live up to our God’s own mandate: “God does not will the death of a sinner, but rather that they be converted and live” (Ezechiel 19:32). It is far more wise and closer to acting on behalf of real justice, to seek to discover the causes of violence in our society and to cut out the problem from its roots, not repeat it.

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