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Kentucky's lethal injection protocol takes another step forward

By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press Writer
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's lethal injection protocol could
be in place by May after a legislative committee raised no
objection to the three-drug method used to execute condemned
prisoners.
The committee heard from the Department of Corrections on Monday
about changes made to the execution protocol, as well as objections
from death penalty opponents.
The execution method must be reviewed by two more legislative
committees, then will go to Gov. Steve Beshear no later than May 7
for his approval or rejection.
Kentucky is seeking to reenact its execution protocol after the
state Supreme Court ruled in November the written procedures were
improperly adopted and threw them out.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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