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Report: 60 percent of death sentences handed down in Kentucky are later overturned

Kentucky's death chamberFrom today’s release of the findings from the American Bar Association’s two-year assessment of Kentucky’s death penalty:

Of the last 78 people sentenced to death in Kentucky, 50 have had a death sentence overturned on appeal by Kentucky or federal courts. That is an error rate of more than 60 percent.

According to The New York Times, that figure mirrors the national average: “The most far-reaching study of the death penalty in the United States has found that two out of three sentences were overturned on appeal, mostly because of serious errors by incompetent defense lawyers or overzealous police officers and prosecutors who withheld evidence.”

A failure rate of 60 percent? Kentucky’s death penalty is too broken to fix. It needs to be abolished.

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  1. Execution Ban Continues | Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty linked to this post on December 7, 2013

    […] For more information read about the concerns expressed by the American Bar Association’s team of Kentucky legal experts and judges who spent two years studying Kentucky’s death sentencing process: 60 Percent of Kentucky Death Sentences Overturned. […]



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