Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kentucky won’t appeal ruling halting executions

Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling keeping a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit brought by inmates challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.
Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin also told The Associated Press that there won't be an attempt to rewrite the regulations for executions to deal with concerns raised by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.
Earlier this month, Shepherd opted to keep in place an injunction that has stopped Kentucky from carrying out any death sentences since 2010. Shepherd raised concerns about how the state would determine if an inmate is mentally disabled.
Shepherd did not object to the state's choice of drugs or the one and two drug methods it proposes to use.