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November 25, 2009

Kentucky Supreme Court declares de facto moratorium on executions

As detailed in this local article, "Kentucky may not execute anyone until it adopts regulations in compliance with the law, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Wednesday."  Here are more of the particulars:

The court ruling came in the case of three Death Row inmates — Thomas C. Bowling, Ralph Baze and Brian Keith Moore — who were challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol....

Earlier this week, Attorney General Jack Conway asked Gov. Steve Beshear to set an execution date for Baze and two other men on Death Row. Meanwhile, the state’s top public defenders, a leading anti-death-penalty group and a group of lawyers sought a moratorium on executions until a recently organized American Bar Association review of the implementation of the death penalty in Kentucky is completed in about 12 to 18 months.

In its 35-page ruling, the court said the state Department of Corrections must follow state-mandated administrative procedures before adopting the current lethal injection process of a three-drug cocktail. It also said the state should have held public hearings on the process.

The full ruling is available at this link.

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It's fashionable to blame defense attorneys and so-called "liberal judges" for the lengthy "delays" in our capital punishment system. This case is a great example of another prevalent but less frequently discussed phenomenon: the role that pro-death penalty state actors play in causing those delays. Is it really too hard for the state to abide by its own Administrative Procedures Act when it writes an execution protocol? The KT DOC managed to follow the act when it created regulations on such topics as how often inmates' bedsheets must be cleaned and inmate hair and grooming policy. But not when adopting it's protocol to execute an inmate. Priceless.

Posted by: dm | Nov 25, 2009 6:55:29 PM

No moratorium on phony lawyer make work.

Did these biased, pro-criminal judges receive campaign contributions from the lawyers of the criminals they favored? They should be investigated for official corruption.

Because lawyer rent seeking is a type of armed robbery, the judges are morally reprehensible.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 26, 2009 6:18:32 AM

S.C. you rant and rave about rent-seeking, cult lawyers, corrupt judges, etc. your drivel is so silly. why not hop the next flight to Iran or China or Saudi Arabia--see what's its really like without lawyers and with mullahs for judges. you are such a fool, Get off this blog and give us a break already from your stupid screed.

Posted by: anon 2 | Nov 28, 2009 12:26:10 PM

In those places, one may make a joke at work without taking down the business. The lawyer runs a tighter ship than the KGB.

I happen to be an owner of the law here. I have paid for every jot and dot by my hard labor. The lawyer is law technician that has criminally converted my chattel. The lawyer needs to be caned for this crime. The lawyer hierarchy needs to be arrested, tried, and executed. I don't know if I would have the physical courage to personally dispatch a murderer in a death penalty, as I advocate happen. But give me a traitor on the Supreme Court, I would have no hesitation to save my country.

The rule of law is an essential utility product, like water and electricity. That it goes on 2 hours a day for the rich, and 2 minutes a day for the poor, is a disgrace. I want the lawyer fired from all benches, legislative seats, and responsible policy positions in the executive. Exclude the incompetent by an Amendment. If it moves to one of those nations, no one would miss this incompetent. It is funny when a total incompetent, in utter failure in every goal of every law subject, calls others fools. It is funny that you call others fools with your delusional beliefs. The future can be forecast. The mind can be read. Twelve jurors can detect the truth by using their gut feelings after excluding those with knowledge. And, you are too stupid to know you underwent cult indoctrination in law school to make you believe in the supernatural. Lastly, you are too stupid to know what the central word of the law means. Reasonable means Jesus Christ. You likely started out with a very high IQ. After law school, you came to believe in this supernatural lawyer garbage, an effect covered in my discussion of the lawyer term of art, dumbass.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 28, 2009 7:50:57 PM

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