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Kentucky Rep. Jody Richards from Bowling Green opposes a death penalty moratorium, but the facts don’t support his rationale

Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green)

Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green)

From the Bowling Green Daily News’s “Lawmakers from region don’t favor moratorium“:

“I favor the death penalty in limited use in specific instances of violent or heinous murder, and I do believe that with advanced DNA identification and other safeguards that the death penalty is administered fairly,” said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green. “I would not be in favor of a moratorium on the death penalty.”

Richards’s beliefs, however, don’t hold up when compared with the facts:

  • Nationwide 139 death row inmates were later found innocent; of those, just 17 were released because of DNA evidence. That means a lot of people are being sentenced to death without the use of DNA evidence.
  • In 2004, Texas executed the innocent Cameron Todd Willingham–clearly he did not benefit from “advanced DNA identification and other safeguards.”

Please contact Rep. Jody Richards and let him know that Kentucky should have a moratorium while the American Bar Association reviews Kentucky’s death penalty system:

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