Wed November 25, 2009
Ky. must rethink execution protocol, says Supreme Court
By Jacque Day
Eddyville – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the state improperly adopted its lethal injection protocol. Officials must readopt procedures to administer the three-drug cocktail used to execute condemned inmates. The ruling comes following a challenge brought by three Kentucky death row inmates, who say the Department of Corrections did not follow state-mandated administrative procedures before adopting the current three-drug protocol and should have held public hearings. The high court announced its decision this morning, just days after Attorney General Jack Conway requested execution dates for three inmates housed in Eddyville. As of this morning, Governor Steve Beshear had not acted on the requests.