Ky. holds first public hearing on executions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Critics of Kentucky's lethal injection
protocol used the state's first public hearing to call for an end
to executions as well as changes to the way capital punishment is
About two dozen people spoke to a moderator Friday, saying
changes are needed in how a condemned inmate's religious needs are
handled and how much of an execution the public can witness.
The hearing came a month after the Kentucky Supreme Court
ordered 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 resume.

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