Ky. to open execution protocol to public hearings

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2009 at 3:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will not appeal a ruling striking down how it adopted it's lethal injection protocol and will hold public hearings before putting a new execution process in place.

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin told The Associated Press that a regulation will be filed with the state later this month to start the public hearing process.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote last month that the state improperly adopted the method it uses for the lethal three-drug cocktail for condemned inmates. Three death row inmates challenged the procedure, saying the state should have held public hearings about the method because it is an administrative regulation.

Brislin says the decision should shorten the appeals process in court.

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