Governor Steve Beshear was recently asked to sign three death warrants. He signed one, but held off on two others, citing a shortage of Sodium thiopental (Pentathol), which is used in lethal injection executions.
A new push is underway to preclude the use of the death penalty for the severely mentally ill in Kentucky, but the legislation appears to have a steep, uphill climb. Similar bills introduced in previous legislative sessions have seen little action.
From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The revised protocol for carrying out the death penalty in Kentucky has been reviewed by a legislative oversight committee in Frankfort. Kentucky’s highest court last year halted all executions in the state pending proper adoption of the execution protocol. The protocol covers procedures used for both lethal injection and […]
Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Death penalty opponents dominated testimony at a public hearing in Frankfort on Kentucky’s recently published procedures for executing death row inmates. Late last year, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled the state’s protocol for executing death row inmates was improperly adopted, and halted further executions. In compliance with the ruling, the […]
It’s one of those hot button issues guaranteed to elicit passionate opinions: capital punishment. Opinions differ on nearly everything about the death penalty – whether it deters crime, disproportionately affects the poor and minorities, and costs too much. What if the offender was a juvenile at the time of the crime, or mentally ill? Listen to the Show
A letter has been sent to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear asking him to suspend executions in the state until the budget outlook improves. Death Row inmates are typically represented by the Department of Public Advocacy, which says it will run out of money to pay public defenders in May. Among those who signed the letter […]
From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh A Kentucky Death Row inmate may soon get his wish to be executed. Marco Allen Chapman says he deserves to die for murdering two children and brutally attacking their mother and sister in August 2002 in Northern Kentucky. He bargained for the death penalty and received it. Chapman’s attorneys […]