House approves death penalty task force

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has approved a resolution to establish a task force to develop a plan for implementing the recommendations of an American Bar Association report on the death penalty.

The resolution offered by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, a Lexington Democrat, passed the House Thursday by a 73-18 vote with nine members not voting.

Crenshaw said the ABA's Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Report offered suggestions for improvements to the way death penalty cases are handled, including improvements in the areas of retaining evidence and clarifying instructions to juries.

The former federal prosecutor, who favors use of the death penalty, said that between 1976 and 2011 in Kentucky, 78 people were sentenced to death, but 50 of those cases were overturned.

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The measure is House Concurrent Resolution 173.

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