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Death penalty opponents ask governor for support

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Activists have delivered more than 1,500 postcards to Gov. Steve Beshear asking that he sign no more death warrants and that he work to abolish the death penalty.

Kaye Gallagher, coordinator of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, delivered the postcards from across the state to Beshear's office late Monday.

Each of the cards said three decades of experience shows the death penalty is "a risky, arbitrary, unfair, ineffective and costly distraction from justice."

The death penalty opponents contend that the system is broken. And that Kentucky should follow the lead of other states that have rejected capital punishment.

Kentucky has executed three people since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1976, two by lethal injection and one in the electric chair.

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