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After years of efforts, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky received its first legislative hearing on Wednesday.

Death Row Exoneree Speaks at Murray State

Nov 12, 2014
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Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

Kentucky's Death Penalty: A Comprehensive Look

Aug 12, 2014
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Allen Ault admits to being a murderer.

But Ault isn’t behind bars, nor was he tried for his “crimes”; he’s currently dean of Criminal Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. But as Ault told an interim joint committee on the judiciary earlier this month, he considers his actions as a director of corrections akin to premeditated murder.

“I have murdered five people as an agent of the state,” he said.

Ault said that many of his former colleagues have committed suicide or retreated into drugs to cope with their actions

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Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary meets in Paducah Friday for a discussion of the state's death penalty. 

Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed to The Associated Press that the legislation had been signed after passing the state Senate by a 23-3 vote and the House by a 68-13 margin.

The AP reports:

Bipartisan Bills Seek to Abolish KY Death Penalty

Feb 13, 2014
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Two Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.

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.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s concerns about executions aren’t leading to a rewrite of the regulations.

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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.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that halted executions.

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.”

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