Kentucky Lacks Detailed Plan For Execution Gone Awry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - According to interviews and court documents, the plans for executions in Kentucky do NOT include a protocol for what to do if something goes wrong.

That gives pause to some death penalty foes, who see the potential for a long, excruciating execution that borders on unconstitutional.

They note that in Kentucky's last execution, in 1999, the execution team needed two tries to find a vein in Eddie Lee Harper's arms.

A 12-member team practices monthly in a new execution chamber that has only been used for drills.

That is expected to change in September, with the execution of convicted cop-killer Ralph Baze. He is scheduled to be executed late in the month.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by david Location: somerset on Sep 6, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    ohh geees ohhh pete, what ever happened to the chair??????
  • by just puzzled Location: ky on Sep 5, 2007 at 08:56 PM
    Who cares that they may not find the vein right off. That happened every day at hospitals. And afraid its going to hurt, You think he asked the men he killed, Shot in the back at that-if they cared if it hurt.Our country has gone to the dogs.Just to think its unkind if it hurts that S.O.B.I can not believe this, The people he hurt don't that matter?
  • by Rhonda Location: Morehead KY on Sep 5, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    Who cares?!? People like Ralph Baze, Clyde Bowling, Steven Fields & more like them should HAVE to suffer! Hang them and no one would have to worry about it and it would be a lot cheaper. It definitely needs to be done a lot sooner instead of years & years of appeals at taxpayer's expense, I personally believe hanging would be a better deterrent to crime, and the victim's families need closure instead of years of pathetic whining from these cowardly heatherns. There should be automatic death penalty charges in needless murder cases such as burglary and rape.
  • by Sheila Location: Russell Springs on Sep 5, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    I do not think an execution should be anything less than excruciating. After all, did their victims get to decide on the way their fate would be determined? And again, I do not think Mr. Baze should be sentenced to die under the authority of the Governor simply because he is a physician and physicians shouldn't be able to sign that death warrant. Keep the death penality but, use it the way it was intended: An eye for an eye!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2007 at 02:25 PM
    What do you expect from Dirty Ernie's drubks ib Corrections

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