death penalty http://wkms.org en Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-gov-oks-allowing-electric-chair-executions Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.<p>A spokesman for Republican Gov. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:59:44 +0000 Scott Neuman 40788 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions Bipartisan Bills Seek to Abolish KY Death Penalty http://wkms.org/post/bipartisan-bills-seek-abolish-ky-death-penalty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:16:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38664 at http://wkms.org Bipartisan Bills Seek to Abolish KY Death Penalty Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-wont-appeal-ruling-halting-executions <p></p><p>Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling that keeps a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit inmates brought challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.</p><p>Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s concerns about executions aren’t leading to a rewrite of the regulations. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:52:39 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 37592 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions KY Judge Declines To Lift Death Penalty Injunction http://wkms.org/post/ky-judge-declines-lift-death-penalty-injunction <p></p><p>A circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling yesterday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues.</p><p>Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that halted executions. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:59:29 +0000 The Associated Press 37139 at http://wkms.org KY Judge Declines To Lift Death Penalty Injunction Death Penalty Opponents Ask Beshear for Support http://wkms.org/post/death-penalty-opponents-ask-beshear-support <p></p><p>Activists with the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty have sent Governor Steve Beshear more than 1,500 postcards asking him to sign no more death warrants and get rid of the punishment. Each card calls the death penalty “a risky, arbitrary, unfair, ineffective and costly distraction from justice.” Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:18:30 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25532 at http://wkms.org Death Penalty Opponents Ask Beshear for Support The Morning Cram [made in China edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-made-china-edition <p><strong>From NPR: </strong>If the last presidential debate was any indication, you'll be hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/10/19/163263452/five-debate-worthy-facts-about-china">a lot about China</a> in tonight's third and final face-off between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:46:56 +0000 Shelly Baskin 23528 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [made in China edition] Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-commission-human-rights-calls-end-death-penalty <p>The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is calling on the state to end the use of the death penalty, saying it is often applied unfairly against minorities and the poor. The commissioners, who enforce state and federal civil rights laws, urged Kentucky lawmakers in a resolution last week to repeal the law that allows the use of the death penalty in some murder cases. The commission’s resolution will be submitted to Governor Steve Beshear and to each state legislator. As of April 1, Kentucky had 35 inmates on death row. Kentucky last executed an inmate in 2008.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:52:18 +0000 The Associated Press 23520 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Calls for End of Death Penalty Critics Find Issues with Proposed New Ky. Execution Policy http://wkms.org/post/critics-find-issues-proposed-new-ky-execution-policy <p>Critics of Kentucky's proposed new death&nbsp;penalty method have asked officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out now that the state is switching to a one- or two-drug lethal injection. During a hearing Tuesday in Frankfort, public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said the rules Kentucky wants to put in place have multiple problems, including that condemned inmates aren't allowed access to their attorneys on the day of execution. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:47:39 +0000 The Associated Press 22505 at http://wkms.org Critics Find Issues with Proposed New Ky. Execution Policy