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Desire to execute man with 62 IQ joins hosting 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and U.S. Senate race in bringing attention to Kentucky, Beshear, Conway

Gov. Steve Beshear no doubt wishes all the international attention Kentucky receives this month would be focused on the state hosting the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games rather than his order to execute the mentally retarded Gregory Wilson on Sept. 16.

Gov. Steve Beshear no doubt wishes all the international attention Kentucky receives this month will about the state hosting the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games rather than his order to execute the mentally retarded Gregory Wilson on Sept. 16.

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.

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