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Mon March 8, 2010
Panel Looks at Kentucky Execution Protocol
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – A legislative oversight panel in Frankfort has found no deficiencies in Kentucky's recently revised execution protocol. A public defender argued the state should leave the curtain between the death chamber and the witnesses open during the entire execution process, in case something goes wrong. But Hopkinsville Sen. Joey Pendleton strongly disagrees.
"I have a very hard situation to deal with that, that it needs to be opened up to the public and a wide open screen and we got all the TV cameras at Eddyville, and everybody witnessing this, I think is wrong."
Two other legislative panels will review the policy before it goes to Gov. Beshear, who will make the ultimate decision on the revised protocol.