Lethal Injection Ruling Upheld

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge has denied a request for an
injunction that could have halted Friday's scheduled execution of a
confessed child killer.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd entered an order
Tuesday morning in a lawsuit that questioned whether the Kentucky
Department of Corrections followed proper procedure in developing
regulations regarding lethal injections.

Attorney Philip Longmeyer had argued that the state agency
should have held public hearings before adopting regulations that
spell out how lethal injections are administered. David Smith, an
attorney for the state attorney general's office, said public
hearings weren't necessary because state law spells out the
procedure.

If Shepherd had granted the injunction, it would have stopped
the planned execution of Marco Allen Chapman.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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