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.