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Courier-Journal: Kentucky inmates challenge new execution method ‎

From the Louisville Courier-Journal’s “Kentucky inmates challenge new execution method“:

Three death row prisoners are challenging Kentucky’s revised protocol for lethal injections, which took effect Friday, claiming it violates the law in part by failing to spell out the volume and concentration of the lethal chemicals.

Their motion, filed Friday in Franklin Circuit Court, also says that the rules conflict with state law by allowing unauthorized people to insert intravenous lines and by allowing viewing curtains to be closed during portions of executions.

The challenge, filed by the Department of Public Advocacy on behalf of condemned prisoners Ralph Baze, Thomas Clyde Bowling and Brian Keith Moore, will be heard May 19.

The inmates are asking Judge Phillip Shepherd to declare that the state violated a Kentucky Supreme Court order in the way it adopted the new procedures. The motion asks that the protocol be declared invalid and that the state be barred from using it.

Download a copy of the motion to continue injunction and grant injunction barring use of execution protocols that went into effect here.

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