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.… Continue reading ACLU-KY to Hold Death Penalty Discussion
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… Continue reading State Senate Committee Hears Proposal to End the Death Penalty
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… Continue reading City Investigates Overtime Pay, Autism Linked to Traffic Fumes, Kentucky Law Experts Recommend Death Penalty Moratorium: Today on Here and Now
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… Continue reading Kentucky Law Experts Ask For Moratorium On Executions
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.
Kentucky officials have relinquished their supplies of an increasingly rare and controversial lethal-injection drug to the U.S. Justice Department.
The nationwide shortage of a drug commonly used in lethal injection executions has many states looking for alternatives, but Kentucky is not likely to change its formula for executions anytime soon.
The state’s last dose of sodium thiopental has expired, and until a new supply of the barbiturate can be obtained, there can be no executions in the commonwealth.
A response has now been filed by public defender Dan Goyette of Louisville. Goyette says the Attorney General’s motion is moot, and should be dismissed, because the death warrant for Wilson expired with the arrival of September 17th.
In less than two weeks, Kentuckian Gregory Wilson will be put to death for the rape and murder of Covington resident Deborah Pooley. An anti-death penalty group says Wilson’s execution should be delayed for several reasons.