Ky. holds first public hearing on executions

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 9:19 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is set to hold its first public hearing on the method used to execute condemned inmates.

The hearing starts at 9 a.m. EST Friday at the state's Transportation Cabinet offices in Frankfort.

It comes a month after the Kentucky Supreme Court ordered all executions halted because the state skipped public hearings on the administrative regulations that make up the protocol. The state released the protocol publicly days after the ruling.

Kentucky Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said the state will consider all comments and issue a report detailing what changes it did or did not make and why by Feb. 15. Ultimately, Gov. Steve Beshear will have to sign off on the protocol before executions may resume.

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