ACLU-KY to Hold Death Penalty Discussion

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will host a discussion on the collateral consequences of the death penalty later this month. Death penalty opponents are also drawing attention to legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly that would prohibit the execution of severely mentally ill inmates and another bill that would abolish the practice altogether. […]

State Senate Committee Hears Proposal to End the Death Penalty

For the first time in Kentucky, a legislative committee is considering a move to abolish the death penalty. The bill received a hearing in a Senate committee today. Senate Bill 63 would abolish capital punishment in the commonwealth, a move few other states have accomplished by statute. The bill has the support of the American […]

City Investigates Overtime Pay, Autism Linked to Traffic Fumes, Kentucky Law Experts Recommend Death Penalty Moratorium: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is investigating the city’s overtime pay to Metro employees. The administration has found that about ten percent of the city’s workforce earned $15,000 or more in overtime last year, with some employees effectively doubling their salaries. The amount of money paid for overtime is in the millions of dollars. Some […]

Kentucky Law Experts Ask For Moratorium On Executions

The American Bar Association and a team of Kentucky law professionals say the commonwealth needs to suspend executions. The Kentucky Assessment Team, made of state’s attorneys, former state Supreme Court justices and law school professors, released a two-year report Wednesday that finds several flaws in the state’s capital punishment system. The ABA has sponsored similar […]

Lethal Injection Drug Shortage Continues, Legal Issues Mount

There is currently no domestic source for sodium thiopental. Kentucky recently turned its supply of the drug over to the U.S. Justice Department due to questions about its origins. There is a replacement drug, but the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an execution in Texas that was to be the state’s first using it.