Gov. Steve Beshear no doubt hopes Kentucky will be garnering international attention for hosting the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. And Attorney General Jack Conway is trying to score national press for his U.S. Senate campaign. But both men are finding they’re getting attention beyond the commonwealth’s borders for another reason–they want to execute Gregory Wilson.
Wilson has an IQ of 62 and a Kentucky judge has said there’s no “good answer” on whether or not he’s mentally retarded. His representation at trial was incompetent (one attorney used a bar–not the legal kind–as his mailing address). And his codefendant, who testified against him, was having a sexual affair with another judge at the same court during trial. But Beshear and Conway want him executed nonetheless.
The Vatican and Amnesty International have called on Beshear to commute Wilson’s sentence to life in prison. And media outlets worldwide are watching Kentucky as well, with many of them running articles about Beshear and Conway’s efforts to execute Wilson.
- Australia–WA Today [Australia]: Fatal drugs dry up, US defers executions
- Canada–The Canadian Press: Judge halts execution of US death row inmate for 1987 kidnapping, rape, murder of woman
- Canada–Winnipeg Free Press [Canada]: Pope, bishops ask US governor for commutation of inmate’s death sentence in 1987 murder
- France–Le Monde: Peine de mort en suspens faute de stock
- France–Le Télégrame: Etats-Unis. Faute d’anesthésiant les exécutions reportées
- Germany–B.Z. Berlin: Nachrichten SoKo Mirco verstärkt
- Germany–Zenit: Hinrichtung in USA gestoppt: Papst Benedit XVI. ersuchte um Gnade
- Ireland–Breaking News: Pope intervenes in death penalty case
- Italy–Comunità di Sant’Egidio [Italy]: Judge halts execution scheduled in Kentucky
- Italy–La Stampa: Corsa contro il tempo
- Taiwan–Taiwan News: Pope, bishops seek clemency for condemned inmate
- United Kingdom–Catholic Herald [United Kingdom]: Pope seeks to stop execution in Kentucky